Students shine in Shakespeare Apprentice Program

Posted at 2:21 PM, Aug 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-11 16:21:06-04

BOISE, Idaho — For the last ten weeks, a group of local high school students have spent their summer days on stage.

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival offers an apprentice program for high school students in the Treasure Valley.

Veronica Von Tobel, Director of Education, says, ""The apprenticeship program is a program for high school students. Basically they give us their entire summer, they eat, sleep and breathe theater. The ten weeks culminates into what we call the apprentice showcase and it's a 2-hour variety show in our theatre, it's huge night and basically the show is showcasing everything they've learned this summer, so they do monologues from Shakespeare, scenes from Shakespeare, they do skits, dances, funny songs."

The program includes over 200 hours of acting instruction and a performance showcase on the Festival's main stage.

Eli Baker, who is participating in the program for his second year, says, ""So we've put our heart and souls into this and we're so excited to finally leave it out all in the open for everyone to see."

Their Apprentice Showcase will be held at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival grounds in east Boise at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 12th.

Donations will be accepted at the show.