The Revolution for Kids

Actor Ryan Quinn of HVSF demonstrates proper dramatic swordfighting technique at a workshop under the Boscobel tent. The workshop returns on Aug. 31. (Photo provided)

Boscobel to host games and role playing

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is hosting a free day of Revolutionary War activities for children from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31, at Boscobel.

Actor Ryan Quinn of HVSF demonstrates proper dramatic swordfighting technique at a workshop under the Boscobel tent. The workshop returns on Aug. 31. (Photo provided)

Children can participate in games, interactive demonstrations and role-playing as part of the Week of Revolution. The schedule is:

1 p.m. Patriots & Loyalists Game (ages 5-12)
Gather around the map and play the roles of Patriot and Loyalist troops as we recreate military battles and strategies of the Revolutionary War that took place right here in the Hudson Valley. Includes reproduced artifacts and fun props.

2 p.m. Combat Workshop: The General’s Academy with Ryan Quinn (ages 5-7)
Turn, and draw! Join the ranks of General George Washington’s Army in defending West Point from enemy capture. Children will learn basic stage combat in a fun and safe environment from longtime HVSF company member Ryan Quinn. Includes your own foam sword.

3 p.m. Combat Workshop: The General’s Academy with Ryan Quinn (ages 8-11)

Fake sword play (Photo provided)

3 p.m. American Folktales with Ron Sopyla (ages 5-8)
Gather for a good story as traditional American folktales and other tales inspired by the American Revolution are brought to life. Ron Sopyla has been telling stories for over 20 years in schools, libraries, museums, and festivals throughout the Northeast. He’s a theater teacher at PS 88 in the Bronx but lives in Beacon. Ron is also appearing in The General from America.

1 to 4 p.m. Ongoing Activities
Spy writing, arts and crafts, 19th-century games for all ages

Registration is recommended. Visit hvshakespeare.org.


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