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Summer Camps Flourish in Louisville

Planning things to do for and with the kids this summer? Why not try something new, you know how easily bored they are, especially the teen-agers. Load the family in the car and take off for a 4-day theater experience they won’t soon forget.  The Conrad Caldwell House in Old Louisville is hosting a 4-day “Mystery At The Mansion Camp”  for teens this summer.  Make reservations at a near-by Bed and Breakfast for wonderful accommodations, including breakfast each day, and enjoy the experience with them.  So much fun for all!

Mystery at the Mansion camp
June 23-27 2014 9:00 am-12:30 pm (for 7th-12th graders)
At the Conrad-Caldwell House in Old Louisville
“Perform a classic whodunit mystery in an actual mansion. Come create a murder with us!”

SUMMER CAMPS“Time is running out to sign your kids up for this years Mystery at the Mansion camp by Drama by George! A great time was had by all last year- so don’t miss out on the fun! Save some too when you use the discount code: summer20camp.” (excerpted from conrad Caldwell ad). Register here

All-New Mystery for 2014! Heiress Danielle Harcourt has it all: Brains, beauty,and rich parents. But her good fortune comes with a price- namely, murder. During this unique camp you’ll rehearse and perform a classic “whodunit” mystery in an actual mansion. Come solve a murder with us! www.dramabygeorge.com/register

Mystery at the Mansion is only one of the exciting summer camps planned for this year by Drama By George, an organization, originated and run bt George Halitzka, a dedicated director, playwright, and teacher. His organization of teachers, actors, work with kids of all ages, specializing and utilizing the following to create the potential for character transformation through our relationships, workshops, and performances.

“Their programs, such as after-school drama clubs, don’t just teach theatre–they also strive to instill character values like self-confidence, teamwork, and self-discipline. Many of our plays focus on additional character themes such as bullying prevention, responsibility, friendship, and compassion.” (excerpt from article on Drama By George website.)

Performance-tested scripts perfect for theatres, schools, and churches.
Drama Workshops for Schools: All of our workshops incorporate KY and IN standards in the Arts and Humanities.
Dramatic assembly programs for schools, featuring costumed superheroes
Opportunities to: Perform in a play, make a movie, learn comedy improv, or create a murder mystery.

Check out the various camps available for kids and teens this summer during the months of June and July

Nancy Hinchliff, Writer/Innkeeper

Summer in Old Louisville: Shakespeare in The Park

by Nancy Hinchliff, innkeeper and freelance writer

If you’re contemplating visiting historic Louisville, KY next week and looking for something to do, you might consider an outdoor festival or play. Louisville has plenty of both, and many of them are free, including movies, live theater and concerts.

A special treat is William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, which will be running today and all next week during Louisville Kentucky’s Shakespeare in The Park festival. Performances are held in historic Old Louisville’s Central Park bordered by Fourth Street, Park Avenue, Sixth Street and Magnolia. They will be ongoing until July 29 each evening at 8:30 p.m., pre-show at 7:30 p.m.

Shakespeare in the Park is the oldest free Shakespeare festival in the United States. Each summer, in Louisville’s Central Park, Kentucky Shakespeare, the non-profit behind the festival, stages the work of the Bard of Avon.

This year, which marks the 53rd year for this annual festival, Shakespeare in the Park presents Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Jane Page. Interested in learning more about the play? Here is a plot summary. Performances take place daily, July 12-29, at 8:30 p.m. Pre-show entertainment starts at 7:30 p.m.

Central Park is historic itself—the park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the man who designed New York City’s Central Park. The Shakespeare in the Park performances are free and open to the public, making the event ideal for a family picnic. Or sit on the benches for a grown-up date night. If you prefer VIP seating—two reserved Adirondack chairs in the front rows, frozen drinks and wait service for snacks and beverages—contact Kentucky Shakespeare and reserve your spots.

If you go, be sure to check out Louisville’s wonderful bed and breakfasts. Many are close to Central Park, as well as in other beautiful parts of the city. You can check availability here.

36th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays: Feb. 26 – April 15, 2012

Humana Fest - Louisville, KYby Nancy Hinchliff, writer/Innkeeper

Actor’s Theater of Louisville is announcing their 36th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays at a Kickoff Party on Thursday, March 1 at 6 p.m. in the Sara Shallenberger Brown Lobby. The free event, featuring delicious fare from local restaurants, Humana Festival memorabilia, giveaways and more, will bring in the Festival with much-deserved fanfare.” (posted by Actors Theatre of Louisville
Actors Theatre of Louisville)

It’s that time again. Time for Louisville’s wonderful Actor’s theater to present it festival of new American plays. If you’ve never been before, you’ll be in for a real treat. Actor’s is a top notch playhouse and the festival is one of the nation’s best. Started by Jon Jory, actor/director  in 1976,  it has continued to delight and surprise theater-goers with it’s amazing selection of plays written by upcoming and talented playwrights.

The Humana Festival has premiered the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays Dinner with Friends (Donald Margulies), Crimes of the Heart (Beth Henley) and The Gin Game (D.L. Coburn) and Pulitzer finalists Becky Shaw (Gina Gionfriddo), Keely and Du (Jane Martin) and Omnium-Gatherum (Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros and Theresa Rebeck) as well as Getting Out (Marsha Norman), Agnes of God (John Pielmeier), Lone Star (James McLure), In the Eye of the Hurricane (Eduardo Machado), Courtship (Horton Foote), Extremities (William Mastrosimone), My Sister in this House (Wendy Kesselman), Tales of the Lost Formicans (Constance Congdon), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (John Patrick Shanley), Marisol (José Rivera), One Flea Spare (Naomi Wallace), Slavs! (Tony Kushner), The Batting Cage (Joan Ackermann) and Y2K (Arthur Kopit).

Actor’s Theater has received the three most prestigious awards given to regional theaters. In March 1979, they won the Margo Jones Award, presented for the encouragement of new playwrights. In May 1979, they received the Shubert Foundation’s James N. Vaughan Memorial Award for Exceptional Achievement and Contribution to the Development of Professional Theater. And in June of 1980, they became the second theater to receive the Special Tony Award as an outstanding non-profit resident theater.

If you decide to experience a night or week-end of unique and exciting  theater, treat yourself to an overnight stay or two at one of Louisville’s exemplary bed and breakfasts. Choose from a variety of styles and atmosphere, while assuring yourself that which ever selection you make, you will find an immaculate place of lodging, comfortable/beautiful rooms, friendly hospitality, and a wonderful gourmet breakfast. The Louisville Bed and Breakfast Association has nineteen members, with nineteen beautiful Inns for you to choose from. Most are within  fifteen minutes of  Actor’s Theater, some even closer. You may make your reservation on-line.

For names and descriptions of play, performance times, and ticket prices, you may check on-line at Actor’s Theater.