Minnesota high school setting Shakespeare play at summer camp

A Minnesota high school is performing an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing set at a summer camp in the 1980s.

This according to an article in the Pine Journal detailing Cloquet High School’s upcoming performance of Much Ado About Camp Messina.

Director Alex Goebel told the paper that he was inspired to adapt the play after watching the 1985 movie Weird Science. “It’s a crazy campy show. It’s weird, it’s funny, it’s easy to understand,” he told the paper. “And now everyone’s about to get their big ’80s hair. I can’t wait to see it.”

Shakespeare adaptations are common place – one of my personal favorites was the 2001 movie Scotland, PA that set MacBeth in a 1970s fast food restaurant. A Florida theater set Twelfth Night at summer camp in a traveling production back in 2015.

Photo by Jamie Lund via Pine Journal

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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