Performance Studies in Shakespeare
In this 5-week summer program, participants delve into the dramatic world of William Shakespeare, with all of its passion, intrigue, betrayal, and magic. Participants learn to decode Shakespearean language, understand the arc and plot line of the play, step into the actor’s investigation of character study, and then create a dramatic interpretation of the play.
This hands-on experience emphasizes the joy to be found in learning, while enhancing reading, writing, comprehension skills, and developing self-confidence, self-expression, and self-esteem.
Participating students experience the physical discipline of stage combat and explore the rigorous and inspiring work of preparing for performance. Weekly field trips have included attending a performance at a regional college, visiting the Smith College Botanical Gardens and touring the Renaissance Center and UMass theater.
The program culminates with the students performing for fellow peers, family and friends at multiple locations in the region.
“I just love Shakespeare! I like how, in Shakespeare, every word has its own meaning and how the language is so strong.” ~Middle school program participant
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“Students that were struggling readers became narrators and learned to read with ease. The students gained so much confidence. They learned how to work together cooperatively, and the value in supporting each other. This was a tremendous learning experience for all of us.”
~ 3rd grade teacher, Holyoke, MA