The Darien Arts Center and Shakespeare on the Sound have formed a new spring and summer partnership. Known for their open-air summer productions, Shakespeare On The Sound is popping indoors at the DAC Weatherstone Studio to provide two opportunities for teens to fall in love with The Bard: Shakespeare or What You Will, a class for grades 9 through 12 and a summer camp, Twelfth Night, Jr., for grades 7 through 10.

Claire Kelly, Artistic Director for Shakespeare on the Sound had this to say about the new partnership, “I think it is important for local not-for-profit arts organizations to support each other in partnership when their goals align."

"Both Shakespeare on the Sound and the Darien Arts Center believe strongly in empowering young members of the community to find their voice through arts education, specifically in our case, theater arts. Shakespeare on the Sound is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the Darien Arts Center in offering classes and camps designed to grow, inspire, challenge, delight and educate young actors," she said.

Kelly and Shakespeare on the Sound’s Education Director, Nick Urda, are teaching Shakespeare or What You Will this spring. Students will uncover the secrets of performing, understanding and loving Shakespeare. Over the course of the program, participants will learn how to analyze text, develop a character, strengthen performance skills, and conquer cold feet. There will be a culminating event where students will have the chance to perform their scenes and soliloquies for family and friends in the DAC Weatherstone Studio. The class runs from April 4 through May 16 on Thursdays, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Fee for the class is $250.

Twelfth Night, Jr. is an opportunity to delve into one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, and is ideal for budding actors this summer. Rehearsals take place in the DAC Weatherstone Studio with a culminating performance on the Shakespeare On The Sound stage in Rowayton on July 5. After creating a supportive and nurturing ensemble through acting exercises and theatre games, the campers will explore and rehearse a forty-five minute version of Twelfth Night directly adapted from the script used in the Shakespeare on the Sound production. This intensive camp promotes artistic self-expression, collaboration, literacy, self-confidence, and self-reliance. It runs from June 24th through July 5th from 11:30am until 5:30pm. Fee for the camp is $910.

Visit darienarts.org to register or for more information. For questions, call 203-655-8683. The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall.