Shakespeare is Elementary
What is Shakespeare is Elementary?
It’s every student, fourth grade and up, learning to have fun performing a real, kid-friendly scene from Shakespeare.
It’s five forty-minute working contacts with Actor/Educators and the students during a three-day residency.
A full voice, body, & hands-on introduction to Shakespeare, with students learning to read, act and understand “the Bard”.
Professional Actor / Educators model with students how to read, interpret & perform Shakespeare in an introductory assembly.
Small groups of students are coached and encouraged by three Actor/Educators to act out their specially selected scene.
A culminating assembly highlights the experience, with one or two groups from each class sharing their scenes.
Shakespeare is Elementary turns your classroom into a stage. Every student performs in an authenitc scene from Shakespeare
Shakespeare is Elementary began with a lament put forth by a P.T.A. chair. ‘Why can’t Shakespeare, the greatest writer ever, be made accessible to children? I mean kids doing real scenes?’ Presented with this challenge, I turned to my brother James, an accomplished actor. Many programs older elementary kids, the diluted, narrator-driven version of the “Bard”. We decided to find unadulterated scenes kids would find dramatic and fun. We'd needed scenes with four or five interacting characters. A Midsummer Night's Dream, MacBeth, Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet and even Cymbeline provided wonderful worthy scenes we could take directly without any "adulterating." We carefully annotated the scripts, added another actor/educator and Shakespeare is Elementary was ready for schools.
Professional actor/educators guide students to read, grasp and perform their scene for the class. Students learn to work cooperatively. They discover context clues, to grasp Shakespeare’s rich language. Coached and encouraged, they rise to meet the challenge of acting out a scene from Shakespeare. Learning “all the world is a stage” now begins in the elementary school classroom.
Shakespeare is Elementary is an excellent program, introducing "the Bard" to a group of youngsters
who may not have had the experience to study and perform Shakespeare’s plays. The Children love acting,
memorizing and interpreting the several other play scenes they are given. Wonderful! Creative! Stimulating!
Nicole Federici, PQ fifth grade teacher- PQ Elementary School, North Salem NY
“We’ve already booked you for next year!”
Dr. Ellen Raffman, Principal , Evans Park Elementary, Pearl River NY
“Our school enjoys your Shakespeare program. It does engage all the children!”
Stacey Flint, PTA Chair, New Paltz Middle School
Fees: $3000. for this "all in" every does Shakespeare three day residency, with two to three actor/educators