Hampshire Shakespeare’s Young Company draws talented youth ages 13-18 from throughout the Pioneer Valley area who audition to be a part of each summer’s Young Company production. The resulting group of young actors then works intensively for a period of two weeks (possibly with some rehearsals beforehand) with a team of directors, coaches and mentors to perform a full-length Shakespeare play. The four Young Company performances are often the most popular and highly attended performances of the season as our young actors perform the chosen play for family, friends, and the public.
Young Company productions are often doubled with a Mainstage production of the same play during the season. The principal Young Company actors are then invited to take small parts in the Mainstage production as well, affording them a chance to become intimately familiar with the play before starring in their own production later in the season.
2014 – Julius Caesar, directed by Hannah Simms
2013 – Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Toby Bercovici
2012 – Twelfth Night, directed by Jeanine Haas and Toby Bercovici
2011 – Winter’s Tale, directed by Hannah Simms
2010 – The Tempest, directed by Tim Holcomb (HSC founder)
2009 – Twelfth Night, directed by Sarah Wilson
Young Company 2015 will be Romeo and Juliet, directed by Hannah Simms.
The Young Company intensive will take place from 10 AM to 5 PM, Mondays through Fridays, from August 3rd through 14th. The intensive will take place at the UMass Renaissance Center. Performances will be August 14th through 16th. Tuition is $325.