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Shakespeare Slam Team Advances to Finals

By April 30, 2015 No Comments

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:

Chicago Home Theater Festival

The OPRF slam team in Chicago

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.

Author Claire

Claire Kimball earned her Master of Letters degree in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College. She has served as a dramaturg for the American Shakespeare Center and Brave Spirits Theatre. Claire has presented her research to the Shakespeare Association of America, the Blackfriars Conference, the Southeastern Renaissance Conference, and the Comparative Drama Conference. Her essay on developing a rehearsal technique for early modern drama appeared in Renaissance Papers 2008.

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