About The Program

The DYSA is an educational program presented by the OrangeMite Shakespeare Company is open to students in 4th through 8th grade.  The program seeks to support academic achievement, ignite passion and creativity, and enhance the self-esteem of the participants in the program through active engagement in the dramatic works of William Shakespeare.  

The program will run for two weeks over the summer from June 18th through June 29th at Weigelstown Elementary, with public performances in OrangeMite's Elizabethan Theatre, The Barn at Tall Fir Acres on June 29th and 30th. At the end of the program, participants will deliver a dramatic performance of The Comedy of Errors to an audience of family and community members, demonstrating one facet of improved fluency, comprehension, and creative skills.

Tuition this year will $125 for two weeks of education and fun. Registration opens March 1st and closes June 15th; Register as soon as possible, space is limited.

2017 Dover Youth Shakespeare Academy Focus

Kinesthetic Movement - The history plays allow for ample action in the form of sword fighting and other choreographed movements that allow participants to kinesthetically experience the production without having to immediately learn lines.  This gives individuals who learn in a more hands-on manner the chance to start right away.  Choreography also presents students with another key aspect of live theatre, and students were given the opportunity to work with a professional fight choreographer.  We plan to offer this experience again next year.

Crafts and Design – Many students and parents cited the value of making their own swords and shields during the program this year.  Students worked exceptionally hard to make their props relate directly to the character they were portraying on the stage.  Participants enjoyed painting and molding the duct tape, yard sticks, and cardboard into their props which they used quite frequently throughout the production.  Doing another history play will allow for similar design opportunity, and presenting the chance to expand upon their existing abilities.

For more information check out this feature by the York Daily Record.

The 2017 DYSA Informational Flyer