Winters Shakespeare Workshop goes virtual in 2020

Twins from the 2011 Winters Shakespeare Workshop production of The Comedy of Errors. L-R: Will Pfanner, Vita Sandhu, Thea Kwan and Cody Svozil. Courtesy photo

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By Mary Lou Linvill
Special to the Express

Teens, almost teens, used to be teens and families are invited to create a crowd sourced, virtual performance of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors with Winters Shakespeare Workshop 2020. Interested individuals and families may sign up at the Winters Friends of the Library website,

Creators, actors, musicians, techies can find out more at an informational Zoom meeting on Wednesday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m., information at

For nearly 20 years, Winters Shakespeare Workshop has offered a 5-week intensive performing camp for teens culminating free outdoor public performances of a play by Shakespeare with live music and dance. This year, due to the virus, and restrictions on public gatherings, WSW will be offering five weeks of online training, projects and practice, followed by virtual performances which will be available on the WFoL YouTube channel, and on the WFoL website after July 18.

Beginning on June 14, there will be a weekly challenge project as well as regular training/rehearsal for workshop participants For example, in Week 1, participants will be challenged to create a stop action animation, or video clip, or zoom narrative of the back story that led to central problem in The Comedy of Errors. They can use mime, masks, puppets, or a song to narrate the story. For Week 2, participants will choose a twin, and pairs of twins will make film clips demonstrating their ‘twin-ness’- is it the clothes? The way they walk? The mustache? Weekly videos will be shared on the WFoL website.

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