ASHLAND, ORE. — The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is pleased to announce that its 2013 Summer Seminar for High School Juniors is under way. This is the 32nd anniversary for this vital student program and program officials are once again delighted to host 65 new students this year from July 29 through Aug. 10.
Quintin Casl from El Dorado Hills, who attends Oak Ridge High School, is one of 65 students selected from 111 applicants from across the United States, Kenya and Japan. Students attending represent 15 states. Casl has acted and assisted in several ORHS and El Dorado Musical Theatre productions.
The Summer Seminar, started in 1981, is a rigorous two-week program designed for a select group of theatre students who have recently completed their junior year in high school. Students stay on the campus at Southern Oregon University, where OSF’s theatre professionals present workshops and forums on a variety of topics. Students will gain insight into the workings of a successful repertory theatre company, and participants will attend forums and workshops on such topics as theatre administration, stage management, costume construction, scenic painting, properties, sound and theatrical lighting, as well as Renaissance dance, stage combat, marketing and publicity, fundraising, auditioning techniques and movement and voice for the stage. In addition, the students will attend ten of OSF’s productions and work together on projects.
One of the objectives of the Summer Seminar is to teach students about arts advocacy so they can return to their schools as leaders. During the Seminar students will present a case for the funding of an arts program to a mock board.
To qualify for the Seminar, students completed an application requiring reflection, self-evaluation and recommendations from teachers and other adults. “Whether or not the students pursue a career in theatre, all of them benefit from the lessons of theatre: self-knowledge and the ability to collaborate with others on projects that are greater than any one individual,” OSF Director of Education Joan Langley said.
The Summer Seminar is one of many programs for students offered by the OSF Education Department. Other programs include: the School Visit Program, where visiting teams of OSF actors reach nearly 60,000 students in schools throughout the West; the Bowmer Project for Student Playgoers, providing workshops for local teachers and free tickets to designated performances for their classes; and the Ashland Schools Project, involving all the schools in the Ashland School District and providing students with a variety of theatrical opportunities.