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Summertime… and the Shakes-in-Ed is easy… I O, What Learning Is!

By July 15, 2014 No Comments

Ah, summer’s lease may have all too short a date… but we are just about at mid-summer for most school students, so there is plenty of time left for playing and dreaming.   In the meantime, the world of Shakespeare-in-education has not been asleep…..  There have been camps, workshops, fund-raisers, grant announcements, special performances, most rare visions, online postings that look back at the school year… plenty for you to peruse as we carry on into July!

 

Winedale Outreach students greeted "Shakespeare On the Road" at Winedale with a performance of a scene from "As You Like It" under the pecans.

Winedale Outreach students greeted “Shakespeare On the Road” at Winedale with a scene from “As You Like It” under the pecans.

On the Road again…. and again…!

A most remarkable educational adventure is playing out at this very moment somewhere in the U.S.  — the “Shakespeare On the Road” project, also dubbed (cue the E Street Band)…”Bard… in the USA!” by its team members.  Two Shakespeareans from Stratford-on-Avon and two digital media whizzes from New York have teamed up to criss-cross the country and document the amazing phenomenon of summer Shakespeare festivals in North America.  There are photos, interviews, blogs — it’s quite astounding how much these folks are doing, gathering, seeing, writing about.  Don’t take my word for it — go immediately to the Shakespeare On the Road site and dip in.  The team was just in tiny Winedale, Texas to visit the University of Texas Shakespeare at Winedale program, where they saw performances by kids ranging from age 10 to 20-something.  (Full disclosure:  I am the Outreach director for Sh@W and was there, and those are my students pictured above — a lovely evening!  And hey, if you want me to feature your students in this post, send me details and a photo via Comments!)

 

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The Hobart Shakespeareans perform each spring in their classroom, Room 56 at Hobart Elementary in Los Angeles.

A Cymbeline slide show

If you weren’t able to make it to Room 56 at Hobart Elementary in Koreatown in Los Angeles this spring to see the Hobart Shakespeareans perform Cymbeline (first time ever for that play at Hobart), you can now view a slide show of images from the performance on the Shakespeareans website.  You’ll have to just imagine their version of “Good Vibrations” and other great songs used in the play — no video clips yet.  But teacher Rafe Esquith promises that video clips will be up soon, so be sure to check back every few weeks.

 

A slideshow of moments from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s current season.

Good news, good news!

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival was awarded a big grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of its ongoing “Shakespeare in American Communities” project.  The $25,000 award will help the OSF provide access to festival performances and supporting materials for students from underserved communities.

 

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Kilgore-area middle school and high school teachers attend a workshop offered by the Texas Shakespeare Festival Center recently.

Bard and Breakfast

A group of middle and high school teachers in Kilgore, Texas picked up some new tips and thoughts on how to get Shakespeare classes up on their feet recently, thanks to a workshop offered by the Texas Shakespeare Festival Center. From the article in the Longview News-Journal:

“One of the goals of the workshop is to show teachers how to incorporate Shakespeare into their curriculum.

“‘Shakespeare is designed to be seen, not read,’ {teacher John} Franklin said. ‘By incorporating more activity, (English) students will better be able to learn this particular author.’

“Gladewater eighth-grade English and theater teacher Aprill Riley agreed.

“’I want my students to learn to not be afraid of Shakespeare,’ Riley said. ‘They get hung up on the language sometimes, but Shakespeare is universal, and I want them to be comfortable with it.’”

 

 

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