In 2012, Ken Ludwig, two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright, spent two weeks with students as they worked on a production of his play Midsummer/Jersey.
The six-week repertory theatre production is a pre-professional training experience that gives students a concentrated immersion into acting and life in the theatre. Students participate in a company ensemble that produces a large-cast play from classical or contemporary theatrical repertoire, with full design and technical support.
During this six-week program, students participate in the following:
- Repertory theatre production rehearsal
- Acting technique classes
- Theatre topics classes
The summer 2014 production will be Henry V by William Shakespeare.
The session culminates in a five show run of the production, performed in Harvey Theatre. View 360-degree virtual tour
Interlochen offers students the opportunity to study with some of the top artists and educators in the field. The theatre department regularly welcomes visiting artists. Recent guests of the department include Anthony Rapp (Rent, Little Shop of Horrors), Barrett Foa (NCIS:LA, Avenue Q,The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Mamma Mia!), Kevin Chamberlin (Seussical, The Addams Family), Heather Headley (The Lion King,Aida), and Mary Beth Hurt (Crimes of the Heart, The World According to Garp).
In 2012, we were fortunate to spend two weeks with playwright and director Ken Ludwig (Midsummer/Jersey, Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Leading Ladies, An American in Paris, Crazy for You and many more). Watch the video.
- Video file #1: Contemporary monologue, less than two minutes in length, from a published play.
- Video file #2: One monologue from Shakespeare that is less than two minutes in length.
Students with interests in scenery, costumes, lighting, stage management, etc. are invited to apply for the six-week theatre design and production summer program.
Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a performance-based acting major for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.
Director, High School Repertory Theatre Production, Interlochen Arts Camp
Chair of the Theatre Studies Program, University of Illinois