Pop-Up Theatre Summer Camp Introduces Youth to the Bard of Avon


The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with the University of Florida (UF) Center for Arts in Medicine and We the People Theatre, and with the support from UF’s Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere's Rothman Endowment, is pleased to announce Pop-Up Theatre Summer Camp’s Romeo and Juliet. This new program began Monday, July 25 and culminates with a final 30-minute performance, an edited version of William Shakespeare’s immortal Romeo and Juliet, featuring the talent of 24 middle school students. The performance is Friday, Aug. 5, starting at 5 p.m. at the Historic Thomas Center’s outdoor theatre, and is free and open to the public.

Students in this two-week summer camp are exploring themes of community violence and non-violent communication through Shakespeare's text and their own research into their communities. Working with theatre professionals, students take classes in voice, movement, acting and script analysis.

There will be four “pop-up” performances for City of Gainesville camp groups at the city’s recreation centers prior to the final show. Each pop-up performance includes a post-show panel discussion with audience members around the themes of the play and violence in the Gainesville community. 

For additional information, please contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at 352-393-8532.