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Shake up YOUR Summer with the 2011 Pella Shakespeare Company!
Join us for Shakespeare Tales Unbound, a collection of scenes from Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies as well as a sampling of his sonnets. This year for the first time ever, we will present TWO sections of Pella Shakespeare Company young performers with material and rehearsal activities especially tailored to each group's individual skill level.

Troupes will meet for just one short week per troupe of workshops and rehearsals prior to their performance date. Each troupe will have the awesome experience of quickly putting together a quality show; focusing on memorization, characterization, blocking, period costuming, props and just having great times learning about Shakespeare.

The Teen Troupe will rehearse Monday, July 11th - Friday, July 15th from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm with a performance on Saturday, July 16th at 7 pm. During the week of intensive creativity, including improvisation, scansion and character work, the troupe will also work with professional fight master Jason Tipsword to learn the ins and outs of stage combat for a big final choreographed company fight scene. Only 15 actors will be cast in the Teen Troupe!

The Youth Troupe will meet Monday, July 18th- Friday, July 22nd from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm to explore the fun of Shakespeare's language and story themes through theatre games, role playing, and storytelling with a performance on Friday, July 22nd at 7 pm in the evening. No more than 15 actors will be cast in the Youth Troupe.

Auditions for both the Teen Troupe and the Youth Troupe will be held Saturday, June 4th from 1-3 PM at JKF Auditorium in the Pella Community Center at 712 Union Street.

Questions about the Teen Troupe, the Youth Troupe, or the auditions contact us at mcguireandrew@hotmail.com or pellashakepeare@aol.com.

And as always - our workshops and performances are all FREE! Thanks to the City of Pella, Union Street Players, Friends of Central Arts, the Central College Theatre Department and our wonderful donors.

Young Actors...click here for more info

Teen Actors...click here for more info


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Our Mission
PSC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, now in our fifth year of FREE performances. The Pella Shakespeare Company exists to bring fresh, fun, simple and well-spoken theatre to the public of Pella and its surrounding communities. Our goal is to educate as we entertain multi-generational audiences. We believe that exposure to literature and art enhances the quality of life within our community and engages everyone in a larger world view. Utilizing classical and important works, community and student actors, quality production values and unusual performance spaces within the park system, PSC Adult & Youth Troupes perform for more than 1400 audience members each year.

PSC grew out of a class project at Central College and generates cooperation between the local community theatres, local colleges, the Community Center, Parks and Recreation, the Corps of Engineers, DNR, the Pella Chamber of Commerce, and now Des Moines’ Theatre..For a Change.

To support PSC, click here to make a donation.

SOME HISTORY
A Midsummer Night's Dream...for kids and by kids ....
Fairies slipped down slides, royalty rode invisible horses, peace signs and tie dye abounded and a good time was had by all.


Attended by over 1200 people, the 2005 Pella Shakespeare Festival offered free performances by the adult troupe of “The Comedy of Errors”, and by the kid’s troupe of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

All performances of the plays were held outdoors in the local parks (including 2 locations in West Market Park, Central Park and the Howell Station Campground) between June 18 and June 21-June 25, 2005.


Conversations on the Lawn, as sponsored by an Iowa Arts Council mini-grant, were held prior to 5 evening performances. The talks were held to enhance audience appreciation and understanding of Shakespeare by offering illuminating historical information. In the weeks preceding the production, several of the speakers also gave talks at “Brown Bag Lunches” at the Pella Public Library.
 
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