The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Summer Seminar for High School Juniors is now over. I got home today, after a long drive from Ashland. The Seminar was a great expierence. I can not even begin to express how much I have learned from it. We saw 9 plays in total and attened about 40; workshops, forums, and warm-ups. The only way I can really write about the whole thing is to type up my journal that I kept while there so….here it is.
I arrived at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival around 3 in the afternoon. My flight from Spokane to Portland was a frightfull expierence. It being a prop plane, and a small prop plane at that. Then from Portland to Medford it was the same type of plane, but even more frightfull. 4 other semminar students were on the Portland to Medford flight. I was able to get to know some people beforehand. Check in went well and I meet my roomates, Langston Brand and Spencer West. So far them seem like normal people. There are some weirdos here. Although most are sane. We had our very first dinner in the SOU’s campass lunchroom. Its called the Shay Cascade, the food was alright. Its lunchroom food. We then had orientation at the Dorothy Stolp Stage in the SOU Theatre building. Joan Langley the Director of Education for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the most complex persons I know. She covered every last detail of our schedule while giving us helpfull hints. She is stern but funny. In her regards to “realationships” while at the Semminar she said, “No No NO, Leave Room For Shakespeare.” After orientation we had our first workshop, RENAISSANCE DANCE with Judy Kennedy Choreographer and Renaissance Scholar. Renaissance dance may be the best thing ever. The we had affirmations with Hilary Tate, Writer and Editor, Teacher and Theatre Scholar. Affirmations was bascially a self love fest. “I am good enough, and gosh darn it am the best.” It was fun. Then we had FOB(Flat On Back, Journal writting.) Lights out soon. It is now 11:55 p.m. Lights Out Now.
I am planning on writting as much as possible, its the only way I can really explain the semminar in its fullness.
Here are some Pictures:
The Ensemble. 65 Semmies
“It goes on and on”-Seminar Swang Song Farewell
Sing Sing a Song
Spencer Hamilton, Claudia(OSF Teaching Artist), Spencer West
The Elizabethen Stage
The New Theatre
More Pictures Soon!