From left, HPU students Christine Watt, Ceili Lang, Olivia Leenhouts and Alec Yamartino, pictured on stage, are interns at Chesapeake Theatre Company in Baltimore.
HIGH POINT, N.C., July 18, 2018 – Four High Point University students are performing and working alongside the actors and crew at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company this summer.
Juniors Christine Watt and Olivia Leenhouts, senior Alec Yamartino and 2018 graduate Ceili Lang are interns with the professional theatre company in Baltimore. The nonprofit organization engages audiences in the works of Shakespeare and other classical playwrights through performances, educational programming and community outreach.
Watt, Yamartino and Lang each have roles in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and the intern production of “Macbeth,” while Leenhouts works behind the scenes as a stage manager and makeup designer.
A majority of their time is spent in rehearsal and performances for both shows, and they are taking master classes to hone their skills in movement, voice, text and stage combat. In addition, Leenhouts attends production meetings and works closely with the company’s director. Meanwhile, Watt is directing a high school production of “Twelfth Night,” and Yamartino and Lang lead summer camps for elementary and middle school students.
“Working with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has been an absolutely incredible experience,” says Watt. “You learn by doing, so working on two productions while participating in advanced training classes and teaching young students has provided an excellent learning environment. CSC has really high standards, and acting alongside the phenomenal talent has challenged us all to up our game.”
All four students credit their classwork and involvement at HPU for preparing them to work as part of a professional cast and crew.
“We’re all extremely grateful to the HPU theatre department for connecting us with this internship opportunity,” says Watt. “We’re not only polishing our theatre skills, but we’re building close relationships and connections for the future.”