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Acting Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

–William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Run away with us to the woods outside of Athens to experience magic and mischief, love and laughs! In this class, students will perform excerpts from one of Shakespeare’s most famous and beloved comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They will use their whole selves to connect with each other, literature and history in a meaningful and impactful way. Students will learn about Shakespeare’s life and theatre as well as what goes into staging a play, including theatre vocabulary and design elements. We will embrace Shakespeare’s language with passion and joy in a positive, nurturing environment! Through improvisational games and rehearsing with a script, their confidence with being onstage, handling Shakespearean text and ability to collaborate will grow. During the final week of the semester, students will perform for their peers and parents! Homework involves memorizing lines. Students will provide their own modern day costumes pulled from their closets. All other materials will be provided by the instructor.

GO DEEPER! Pair this class with Ancient History Readers’ Theatre and Improv Games!

Teacher: Lynn Hayes

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