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Student Shakespeare Festivals

Folger Education just concluded the 31st annual Secondary School Festival with 56 schools participating in a seven day event featuring performances by 1,500 students from the Virginia, Maryland, DC area.  Ten of the schools were part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, an NEA/Arts Midwest grant funded program that placed teaching artists in 1o classrooms. … Continue Reading »


One Week in Haiti: The End

~by Emily Marquet For the rest of this adventure, please see these posts! Day 1 Day 2 Days 3 & 4 Day 5: WE’RE DOING IT! Our actors, naturally, were completely unfazed by the request to perform twice. After the morning assembly, the actors reported to the “stage”- the front basketball court of the school… Continue Reading »


One Week in Haiti: Days 3 & 4

~ by Emily Marquet (previous entries on this adventure are on the blog! Click for DAY 1 and DAY 2!) Day 3 & 4: Sassy Fairies & Clowning Wednesday’s goal was to block the second half of the play. We nearly succeeded. Some scenes took longer than others to block and some characters (like Puck… Continue Reading »


One Week in Haiti: Day 2

~ by Emily Marquet (if you missed the beginning of Emily’s adventure, click HERE) Day 2: En Kreyol… S’il Vous Plait It was discussed and decided as a cast on the second day of rehearsal that most of the play would be told in Kreyol. We determined that it was more important to tell the story… Continue Reading »


One Week in Haiti, Day 1.

~ by Emily Marquet The Objective: To mount a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Louverture Cleary School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In four days. The Obstacle: We (the directors as well as the script bearers/ costumers) had just missed our flight. Sitting at the bar of an airport restaurant armed with a… Continue Reading »


A Gnome by Any Other Name…

Back in January, I wrote about the upcoming kids’ feature Gnomeo and Juliet. Despite my hemming and hawing, though, Lucretia Anderson and I were able to go see the film this past weekend. My short take is that the movie is more insulting to Elton John than to Shakespeare. Ultimately it is an adorable, fun… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare and comics?

~by Conor McCreery I’m pretty sure I know what you’re thinking; you’re thinking: FINALLY! Finally someone has put together a medium and a creative genius that work together even better than chocolate and peanut butter.  No, I’m not kidding. Shakespeare was always meant to be seen. His plays have a special mix of magic and… Continue Reading »


More Than Papier-Mâché Characters

~by Anthony Del Col The best Shakespeare production I’ve ever seen was also the worst. A friend of mine was doing a community theatre production of Titus Andronicus years ago and it was quite bad (with the exception of my friend, who may be reading this… oops!).  Bad acting, directing, sets, costumes and props (a… Continue Reading »


“How well he's read, to reason against reading!”

~by Jennifer Ventimiglia As King Ferdinand speaks of Biron in Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, sometimes those of us in the education field also use “reasoning” to keep kids from “reading,” in this case, Shakespeare himself.  Administrators might “reason” that students need to be preparing for state-wide assessments and that there is no space in the… Continue Reading »


What's in a Gnome?

If you’ve been to the movies at all this winter, you’ll have started to see posters and previews for this new animated feature: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_L_5vrHoWQ&fs=1&hl=en_US&color1=0x234900&color2=0x4e9e00] At first glance, it’s cringe-worthy. Nothing seems to be related to Shakespeare’s play at all except the concept: warring families and a young couple in love, yet some ads call it… Continue Reading »