There were no lights, props or cos­tumes, and the audi­ence con­sisted largely of curious passersby. But with a few choice words, a small patch of Boston Common trans­formed into a Shake­spearean production.

All right, everyone—let’s go to Italy,” said Adam Sanders, the artistic asso­ciate for the Com­mon­wealth Shake­speare Company’s pro­duc­tion of “All’s Well That Ends Well.”

His cue kicked off a morning rehearsal for actors in the Boston Common pro­duc­tion of the comedy. They included mem­bers of a summer appren­tice program—hosted this year by North­eastern University—who fill ensemble roles in the play, act as under­studies for major roles and take daily courses with some of Boston’s top the­atre professionals.

Summer appren­tices also present a col­lec­tion of Shakespeare’s son­nets and excerpts from his plays across Boston. Per­for­mances of this series—known as “Shake­speare on Love”— include one this Sat­urday on Boston Common.

Third-​​year the­atre major Daniel Belford is among the more than 20 young actors in the appren­tice­ship pro­gram, which is directed by Antonio Ocampo-​​Guzman, an assis­tant pro­fessor of the­atre at Northeastern.

I’m really new to doing Shake­speare, but you’re just thrown into it here,” Belford said. “It’s such a great expe­ri­ence to work with such sea­soned actors, direc­tors and professionals.

As an ensemble member, I only have one or two lines,” he explained. “But every night I think to myself that I have the best seat in the whole house.”

The appren­tice­ship gives North­eastern the­atre grad­uate Vivian Yee, AMD’11, a chance to test the skills she honed on co-​​op. Yee is serving as a pro­gram coor­di­nator for the “All’s Well” production.

Yee said, “They were looking for pro­fes­sionals, and it turned out I had just enough pro­fes­sional expe­ri­ence from my co-​​ops at the­aters during my time at Northeastern.”

The pro­gram not only gives actors access to some of the nation’s top the­atre experts, it offers them an oppor­tu­nity to think seri­ously about their careers, Ocampo-​​Guzman said.

This whole pro­gram gives first­hand expe­ri­ence in the pro­fes­sional world,” he explained. “It serves as both a reality check and an inspi­ra­tional look at what these actors could be doing down the line in their pro­fes­sional career. They realize what making the­atre is really about.

This is not your high-​​school pro­duc­tion. This is an entirely dif­ferent game.”