Hello all and welcome to another edition of O What Learning Is. This week we have information on a ton of educational based programs for your perusal so without further ado let us dive right in and explore them.
Spartan Shakespeare Program to Start June 16:
The Whittenberg County School will soon be home to masses of young Shakespearean actors and designers. The school, in partnership with The Spartan Shakespeare Society,will be putting on a summer camps for kids and teens in grade 6-12. Starting June 16 and running through June 27 2014, the camp will offer participants experiences in things such as stage combat, improv games, sonnet writing, voice exercises, Renaissance dance, and much more. The camp will meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6-8 p.m.
Madison Students to Get a Shakesperience:
Students at Madison High School,along with eighteen other schools across the state of New Jersey will be participating in a two day event entitled Shakesperience: NJ. Taking place May 12 and 13, this event will be held on the Main Stage at the F.M Kirby Shakespeare Theatre on the campus of Drew University at 36 Madison Ave in Madison New Jersey. Selections of scenes from both Othello and Macbeth will be performed with company member Jeffrey M. Bender filling the position of the Master of Revels. An audience of peers, family members and other will be on hand to adjudicate the event.
Shakespeare St Louis Tour Gives Students Advice on Many Subjects:
The Shakespeare St. Louis Educational Tour just completed its 2014 tour throughout the state of Missouri. The program which consists of condensed fifty minute versions of Shakespeare’s plays visited ninety schools and public venues completing 120 activities and presenting to 18,000 students including areas in rural Missouri- thanks in part to Monsanto Fund. The 2014 program entitled Family of Kings brought to the schools condensed versions of Henry IV and Henry V, as well as a fifty minute version of As You Like It. The program is also complemented with two interactive student workshops and various educational materials including character lists, play synopses, lesson plans, background information on the plays.
Shakespeare Draws People to the Warren Township Library:
Warren Township Library honored Shakespeare last month by holding a presentation to commemorate his 450th birthday. In partnership with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey this event which occurred on April 24 2014 explored how and why Shakespeare remains so popular after nearly half a millennium, and how the playwright’s works have and are being adapted to modern settings. The presenter of this program Brian Crowe, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Education Director stated in regards to what makes Shakespeare so popular:
“Shakespeare wrote about real humans in extraordinary situations,” Crowe explained. “We still perform these plays because we always want to go back to that so we can connect to you, the audience member.”
To read more about his presentation and his thoughts on Shakespeare, you can visit here.
Open Call for High School-Aged Apprentices:
The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival has sent out a open call for all high school aged theatre/drama club members for their Summer Apprenticeship program. The goal of the program is to create professional mentoring opportunities and valuable experience for students interested in performing arts, theatre, live events, production, producing or technical theatre. It is open to all local high school students in the Santa Clarita area and is tuition free. To find out more information please visit here and here.
Well, that’s all for this week in the world of education. What did you think about the apprenticeship program that the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival is putting on for high school students? What about the Whittenberg County School’s new Shakespeare program for middle school and high school kids. Finally, what about the Shakespeirence NJ program taking place in Madison? Let us know your thoughts. Also, don’t forget to like us Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, and Pinterest. We would love to hear from you. See you all next week!