“All the world’s a stage”, and in the summer the kids take over! Bard on the Beach is an iconic theatrical summertime experience in Vancouver. Few things beat watching consummate actors perform the works of Shakespeare all while the sun slips into the ocean in the background. Did you know that the very performers who trod the floorboards of the Sen̓áḵw/Vanier Park tents are the inspiring actors who lead the Bard on the Beach Summer Camps? That’s right, Bard on the Beach Summer Camps are coached by professional actors who are eager to share their experience and expertise with kids aged 6 – 18 years old.

Bard on the Beach Summer CampsWhether your child wanders the house reciting rhyming couplets or can’t even spell Shakespeare, the Bard on the Beach Summer Camps offer a landing place for anyone eager to dive into the world of live theatre. This summer your child will have the chance to bring the language of Shakespeare to life by exploring their imagination, posing their questions, and utilizing their voice.

Bard on the Beach Summer CampsFor 2022, the camps cover a wide selection of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays. Camps for kids aged 8 – 13 years run for a week and are all day. The camps available for teens are a combination of half-day (over two weeks) and full-day (over one week). And brand new for 2022 Bard on the Beach is excited to introduce Camps for Young Kids (aged 6-7 years). The Little Players camp runs for 3 days and provides an engaging and active introduction to live theatre.

Camps for Teens (13 – 18 years old)

As You Like It (July 4 – 15 | 9:30am – 12:30pm)
Henry V (July 4 – 15 | 1pm – 4pm)
Romeo and Juliet (August 15 – 26 | 9:30am – 12:30pm)
Twelfth Night (August 15 – 26 | 1pm – 4pm)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (August 29 – September 2 | 9:30am – 3:30pm)

Camps for Kids (8 – 13 years old)

Hamlet (July 4 – 8 | 9:30am – 3:30pm)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (July 11 – 15 | August 15 – 19 | 9:30am – 3:30pm)
Macbeth (August 22 – 26 | 9:30am – 3:30pm)
Twelfth Night (August 29 – September 2 | 9:30am – 3:30pm)

Camps for Younger Kids! (New for 2022)

Little Players (July 18, 20 and 22 | 10am – 11:30am)

Bard on the Beach Summer CampsBard on the Beach Summer Camps are small. With no more than 16 participants in each camp, the students can be guaranteed personalized coaching and direction. During the camp, the group works together to explore the featured play and make creative decisions on how they’d like to present it. The instructors emphasize building the ensemble, expressing creativity through play and collaboration, and exploring various performance techniques that the professional actors use themselves when rehearsing for performances.

On the final day of the camp, friends and family are invited into the Festival tent to watch the live performance of the work the group has created on the Bard stage. Not only that, every summer camp participant receives TWO complimentary tickets to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the BMO Mainstage during the summer run.

Early Bird Discount: Register before April 15 and receive 20% off your child’s camp registration.

Bard on the Beach Summer Camps:

Dates: July 4 – September 2, 2022
Times: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Location: Festival Tents at Sen̓áḵw / Vanier Park
Address: 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vanier Park, Vancouver
Website: bardonthebeach.org