Returning for a fifth season at Bella Vista Farm this December is Sport for Jove’s two exciting youth drama initiatives – The Second Age Project and the Third Age Project.

Under the guidance of professional actors and directors, students from The Hills area work to create original theatre projects as part of Shakespeare in the Park’s summer season. The Second Age Project, showcasing students aged 10-14, will present a collection of key scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. The Third Age Project displays the talents of aspiring actors aged 15-20 and for the first time, is presenting an adaptation of a full play – the tragedy of King Lear. Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne, said witnessing young people engaged in producing live theatre was particularly rewarding.

“Shakespeare’s messages are timeless and it’s fantastic to see the energy and commitment from our local youth in bringing his works to life,” she said. “The opportunity for them to receive guidance and instruction in the performance of Shakespeare from some of Sport For Jove’s most seasoned actors is priceless – and not offered anywhere else in Sydney. “I can’t wait to see our emerging talent take to the stage as part of Summer Series this December, and I encourage everyone to come to Bella Vista Farm and see what our young people can achieve.”

Both the Second Age and Third Age Projects draw their titles from the famous speech ‘The Seven Ages of Man’ in Shakespeare’s play As You Like It, beginning: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women, merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages…” Both projects provide an opportunity for young theatre enthusiasts to perform in a curtain raiser show from December 18 to 20 before the main act.

Shakespeare in the Park Show Times and Tickets December 8 to 30 | Bella Vista Farm Park

• The Second Age Project The Shakespeare Collection Directed by Scott Sheridan and Megan Drury
• The Third Age Project King Lear Directed by Christopher Stalley
• Shakespeare in The Park • Measure For Measure By William Shakespeare Directed By Lizzie Schebesta
• The Servant of Two Masters By Carlo Goldoni Adapted and Directed By Francesca Savige and George Banders
Visit www.sportforjove.com.au for tickets and show times for all productions.