The Oak Park/River Forest High School Shakespeare slam team advanced to the finals in the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Chicago Youth Shakespeare’s “Battle of the Bard” competition. The six-member team created a mash-up of seven plays to illustrate the seven ages of man.
From the Chicago Home Theater Festival:
The Oak Park/River Forest High School Spoken Word Club was founded in 1999 to allow students to poetically share their stories. It has grown into the largest school-based club of its kind … The team is comprised of seniors Chelsea Dixon, Tymmarah Anderson, Marlena Wadley and Autumn Carson; sophomores, Ted Loewenthal, Chanti Relf and Charles Donalson; and freshman, Grace Johnson. The team is coached by Peter Kahn, Jay Lind and Adam Levin.
English teacher James Bell, who organized last year’s first high school live stream with Shakespeare’s Globe in London, worked with the students. The competing school teams participated in two Saturday workshops to prepare for their performances. Finals for “Battle of the Bard” will take place on May 5 at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
The OPRF team will appear on May 18 in Kenwood during the Chicago Home Theater Festival.