The Logan Youth Shakespeare (LYS) program provides a new opportunity for Cache Valley youth (aged 9-18) to learn and perform Shakespeare plays. Young actors experience the beauty of Shakespeare's language and the relevance of his characters by acting in his plays. A series of detailed line-by line explanation cds created by the instructor help actors understand the language and master their parts. In this collaborative non-competitive environment, all actors also work behind the scenes and help direct their counterparts. When they inhabit Shakespeare's characters and speak his words, kids find themselves and their friends in these 400-year old plays. No auditions, every registrant performs.