The Summer Youth Shakespeare Ensemble at Acadiana Center for the Arts is a performing arts camp run by the Acting Up! company for the last 10 years. The kids’ camp is likened to a language immersion camp, meaning that the kids come in and begin learning Shakespeare right away, learning about Elizabethan history as it pertains to the writing of the play as well as learning how to understand and perform Shakespeare. They take part in costuming, set design and learn music and dance. After only two weeks, the kids have it memorized and are ready to do public performances. Every year it is a different Shakespeare play.
As You Like It follows the protagonist Rosalind. Her father is a duke and is banished from the kingdom by his self-serving brother. When Rosalind is banished too she changes her appearance and masquerades as a boy named Ganymede, but not before falling in love with Orlando, the disinherited son of one of Rosalind’s father’s friends. Rosalind in her disguise takes off for the Forest of Arden accompanied by her cousin Celia and the court jester Touchstone to find her father, who is hiding there with his own group of friends. In the final act of the play Rosalind, now out of disguise, marries Orlando and several other weddings occur simultaneously, and her father is out of exile and allowed to rule once more. The play touches on themes of love, death, the meaning of life and the natural world. The famous lines, “All the world’s a stage/And all the men and women merely players” are from Act II, Scene 7 of As You Like It.
The Summer Youth Shakespeare Ensemble performs As You Like It at AcA at 7:30 p.m. July 22, 23, 29 and 30 with a 2 p.m. matinee performance July 24. Call the AcA at 233-7060 or go to their website here to purchase tickets. Special VIP ticket packages are available.
On Friday we'll post a video of various activities at the camp as the students ramp up for the performance.
Congratulations to Stella Theriot and seven friends who will enjoy a private dinner hosted by INDEats and EatLafayette
The City-Parish Council on Tuesday will be asked to sign off on an agreement between UL Lafayette and Lafayette Consolidated Government that would expand mass transit opportunities for UL students by adding five additional buses to its shuttle run between Cajun Field and campus.
Four bedroom traditional or three bedroom French home
Louisiana's high school seniors are making increased strides on Advanced Placement exams.
The hip little River Ranch shop will open in the Acadiana Center for the Arts in time for the September ArtWalk.
Hot prints and cool wolves
The Alabama game is sold out but tickets for all other homes games can be purchased online at www.LSUtix.net.
Among the one-percenters nationally, Louisiana's fattest cat is a relative pauper.
The Republican governor sent a letter Thursday to the president, saying placement of the children in Louisiana could have "potential negative ramifications."
Many laws are minor, though some impact health care options, change educational programs and reach into people's everyday activities.
Responding to Tuesday’s federal appeals court decision to save Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic, Esquire magazine profiles the unique story behind one of the doctors working at the clinic in Jackson.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lafayette’s first-ever Whole Foods Market will open its doors in September.
In reacting to the recently resurrected allegations of sexual abuse among local clergy, is the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette maintaining its old stance of protecting their own?
Louisiana's annual state sales tax holiday is Friday and Saturday.
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
Breakfast favorites served on a bubbly crust pair with a crisp salad
NJ lady beats Donald Trump; Israel calls up more troops; border hearings accelerated and more national and international news for Thursday, July 31, 2014.
State Rep. Lenar Whitney — one of a handful of Republican candidates vying for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional district — has been described by Cook Political Report analyst David Wasserman as one of the most “frightening or fact-averse candidate[s]” he’s ever met following her reaction to an interview last week.
West coast casual
Mid-August hearing dates have been set for dueling lawsuits over Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards in public schools.
An investigation into the last-minute passage of a pension hike for the state police superintendent continues, despite Col. Mike Edmonson's decision not to accept the increase.
Four bedroom traditional Youngsville home or three bedroom traditional Broussard home
On Tuesday, a three judge panel (voting two to one) of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down as unconstitutional Mississippi’s controversial law requiring that physicians who perform abortions maintain admitting privileges in a nearby hospital.
Safety Jairus Byrd practiced with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday for the first time since his signing in March.
Sentencing has been delayed for a businessman who provided key testimony in the corruption case that resulted in the conviction of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
The spectre of priest sex abuse has returned to haunt the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette following the recent release of an investigative report by Minnesota Public Radio, revealing new allegations of another child predator hiding behind the clerical collar.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
A ballpark snack topped with BBQ meat can be found cruising town on a food truck
"Although the administration is moving forward with climate change regulations at home, we don't consider how policy decisions in the United States impact greenhouse gas emissions in other parts of the world," says Roger Martella, the former general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush.