Fine Arts – Performing/Shakespeare.
ur performing arts program offers children very challenging opportunities to realize and employ their own unique talents, attain skills essential for creative expression, to mature in their awareness of our beautiful literary heritage and come to love the works of our greatest playwright: William Shakespeare.
Our children all participate in the theater program as part of the school’s annual Shakespeare production. This methodology accentuates the significance of being actively involved in the process of creative endeavor.
It is our firm belief that this challenging pursuit affords a wonderful occasion for children to express themselves, gain confidence, develop strength of mind and enjoy a more gratifying and rewarding life.
It is understood in academia, that a well-educated person is supposed to know Shakespeare, but not as common to say Shakespeare should be truly enjoyed. Here, we achieve both. Plays by William Shakespeare were never meant to be read, but performed on stage. And the bane of students everywhere has been a simplistic requirement that Shakespeare be read, coupled with the assumption that he be understood. And then should be repeatedly tested over. The complexity and novelty of the language has always precluded that.
In our opinion, the ONLY way to truly understand and ultimately come to enjoy Shakespeare is to perform on stage. Our students do this each year, and they confess to learning and enjoying our productions. It is always a noble and difficult endeavor. And our students always surprise and delight everyone with their lauded accomplishments.
We cordially invite you to join us in May for our annual Shakespeare production. Our students will select the play to be produced in January.
Past productions have included: As You Like It, The Tempest, Othello, Henry V, Richard III, Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Hamlet, and Julius Caesar.
“To know a thing, dip yourself in it like pen and ink, let it write you in its own words.”
– Elizabeth Ayres
– Elizabeth Ayres