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May 7, 2007

Lifelong Learning Institute, Riverside Theatre To Offer 'Camp Shakespeare'

All the world's a stage this summer for mature learners with an interest in "the Bard."

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Iowa Center on Aging and the Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival in Iowa City will offer "Camp Shakespeare" June 29 through July 1 at the festival's stage in Lower City Park in Iowa City.

"Camp Shakespeare" is open to everyone age 50 and older. The cost for the three-day camp is $285, which includes a medieval-themed welcome dinner; tickets to the Riverside Theatre's productions of Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and "King Lear;" story theatre performances of the two plays; "talkback" sessions with the directors and actors; and a choice of two workshops led by the productions' actors and designers. Lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday also will be provided.

The registration deadline is June 22. To obtain a complete schedule and registration form, visit, or contact Julie Bobitt at 319-384-4222 or

The "Camp Shakespeare" workshop selections include:

--"Stage Combat"

See how actors engage in safe stage fighting on a nightly basis. Participants will have the opportunity to try out basic combat techniques.

--"Shakespeare's Language: Scanning and Speaking the Text"

Gain new insights into Shakespeare's language so the plays will offer more immediacy to the reader/theatre-goer.

--"Bringing a Scene to Life"

Learn about the words on the page of a play and what they teach about the characters and their actions.

--"Scenic Design: Hands On"

A practical opportunity to begin where designers do: putting pencil to paper to create the physical world in which the play can live. No drawing experience necessary.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI is a program of the Center on Aging and is affiliated with the national network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, designated and funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco. There are currently 101 Osher institutes in 46 states. For more information, visit

The UI Center on Aging fosters and supports interdisciplinary research, education and service throughout the campus and state to improve understanding of the aging process and the health and well being of older people. For more information, visit

Riverside Theatre initiated its summer Shakespeare Festival in 2000 in a 472-seat outdoor theatre built especially for this purpose by the City of Iowa City in Lower City Park. More information on Riverside Theatre and the Shakespeare Festival is available at

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, contact the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI in advance at 319-384-4222.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,