Build confidence and expand creativity with the ultimate team sport: Theatre.

Offered in partnership with City of Staunton Parks and Recreation.

With Shakespeare’s text as our touchstone and his technology as our laboratory, the Drama Club meets once a week in 12-week terms to explore Shakespeare’s wordcraft and stagecraft through play, building confidence and expanding creativity by working together to craft and rehearse a final performance of Shakespearean scenes at the Blackfriars Playhouse. Included in the cost of the Drama Club is a ticket for each participant to join the group on a field trip to the Blackfriars Playhouse.

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September 11 – December 4, 2022 | Sundays, 1:00-3:00PM
Final Performance: Saturday, December 3 @ 8pm
Playhouse field trip date: Saturday, October 8 @ 2pm
Play: The Tempest

Learning outcomes

Drama Club introduces participants to the vocabulary of theatre, generally (things like “blocking” and “stage right/left”) as well as Shakespeare’s language, specifically (why do they talk like that?).

Participants gain all the benefits of theatrical training: greater collaborative skills, enhanced creative and critical thinking, increased awareness of physicality and movement, personal responsibility, and group camaraderie (to name a few). Specifically, they learn how to work together to put on a play and gain valuable performance experience in doing so. Making theatre isn’t just about memorizing lines and writing down blocking: it’s about knowing when to lead and how to follow, listening actively and responding genuinely, taking care of yourself and your teammates, and working together on a project that will always be greater than the sum of its parts.

Participants also gain an advanced, early understanding of Shakespeare—hopefully before they encounter his plays in an academic environment. The objective of Drama Club is to foster a lifelong love of theatre in general and Shakespeare in particular. Available evidence suggests early exposure (before the onset of “Shakesfear” in high school) to be the best way to achieve that objective.

Drama Club meets weekly at the Nelson Street Center (900 Nelson Street, at the corner of Liberty and Nelson streets) in downtown Staunton, VA.

Drama Club meets on Sundays from 1-3PM.

Drama Club is open to budding thespians ages 8-15.

Enroll in Drama Club through Staunton Parks & Recreation Department.


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Drama Club enrollment costs $175 per participant and includes 12 weeks of club meetings and a ticket to a performance at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse.


Syllabus subject to change.



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rehearsal schedule

  • Sunday, September 11: Welcome to Club (Nelson Street, 1-3PM)
    • Icebreakers, introductions, overview of Club goals and schedule
  • Sunday, September 18: Play/Audition Prep (Nelson Street, 1-3PM)
    • Introduction to our play and preparation for Auditions
  • Sunday, September 25: Auditions! (Nelson Street, 1-3PM)
    • Attendance at this Sunday’s auditions is mandatory for all clubbers. If your clubber needs to miss the auditions for any reason, please contact me ASAP to make alternate arrangements.
  • Sunday, October 2: Rehearsal (Nelson Street, 1-3PM)
  • Saturday, October 8: Field Trip (Blackfriars Playhouse, 1:30-4:30PM)
    • We will be attending the Fall 2022 production of The Tempest at the Blackfriars Playhouse.
    • Please plan to drop your clubber off at the Blackfriars Playhouse (10 S Market Street) at 1:30pm and pick them up from the Playhouse after the show, which should conclude no later than 4:30pm.
    • Tickets for each clubber are included in the cost of registration.
    • Parents & siblings may purchase additional tickets if they would like to accompany Drama Club on our field trip.
  • Sunday, October 9: Rehearsal (Nelson Street, 1-3PM)
  • Sunday, October 16: Rehearsal (Nelson Street, 1-3PM)
  • Sunday, October 23: Rehearsal (Nelson Street, 1-3PM)
  • Sunday, October 30: Rehearsal (Nelson Street, 1-3PM)
  • Sunday, November 6: Rehearsal (Nelson Street, 1-4PM)
    • Club meetings move from 2 hours to 3 hours for the rest of the cycle
  • Sunday, November 13: Rehearsal (Nelson Street, 1-4PM)
  • *tentative* Saturday, November 19: Playhouse rehearsal (Blackfriars Playhouse, 9AM-12PM)
  • Sunday, November 27: Rehearsal (Nelson Street, 1-4PM)
  • Saturday, December 3: Dress Rehearsal (Nelson Street, 1-3PM)
    • The dress rehearsal is the same afternoon as the performance; we will only meet for 2 hours
  • Saturday, December 3: Final Performance (Blackfriars Playhouse, 8PM)
  • Sunday, December 4: Wrap-up and Watch Party (Nelson Street, 1-3PM)
    • Attendance is encouraged, not mandatory

Click here to view the digital program for Share the Light 2021.