Youth Theatre Workshop Information

Download and read the script here.

This year’s annual two-week-long “Shakespeared!” Workshop at the Putnam County Playhouse centers around A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with the middle school group performing a more traditional version and the high school group presenting their off-beat comedic version 1920’s stylecomplete with a lively soundtrack, a chase, and pop-culture references.  

Middle School Group Meets 12:30-2:30pm Monday-Friday (June 14-18 and June 21-25)

Middle School Group Performance:  7:00pm on Friday, June 25th 

High School Group Meets 3:00-5:30pm Monday-Friday (June 14-18 and June 21-25)

High School Group Performance:  7:00pm on Saturday, June 26th 

The workshop is sponsored by:

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Both groups meet in the afternoons daily during the two weeks, playing theatre games, learning voice, stage movement, and acting techniques, and, of course, rehearsing this delightful play.  Our directors this year for the Middle School Group are Craig Robinson and Eleanor Howard, and Caroline Good will direct the High School Group.  We are also very fortunate this year to have several DePauw interns helping out behind the scenes.


Feel free to read it before our first day. We will read through the play on day one, and the players will have a chance to note their role preferences. The roles will be cast that evening, and rehearsals will begin on day two!

THERE ARE PARTS FOR EVERYONE! “Shakespeared!” is tailored to provide young players with an opportunity to engage with Shakespeare’s text in a fun way and to see the potential interpretations that lie within the text. 

Covid-19 Protocols: 

We will plan on adhering strictly to the updated CDC protocols for Covid-19 at the time of the workshop. Last year, all participants wore masks during sessions, we created physically-distanced staging, and we kept air flowing throughout the playhouse, or worked outside.  Props and set pieces were wiped down frequently, and we provided hand sanitizer.  We’re hoping for the best, but are prepared to implement these protocols again and consider moving the performances to the park, if necessary. We are planning on splitting the performances between the two groups over two nights to allow for more audience spacing and less congestion backstage.

2020 – Last Year’s Cast in the Bandshell at Robe-Ann Park