Monday, May 4, 2009
Delighting in Shakespeare
It is hard to convey the fun and pageantry of Shakespeare Night in pictures! I will post a few more photos if someone sends me good ones.
The ease at which our 6, 7, 8 students use Shakespearean language amazed me this year. They really were able to get across the zaniness of the action and plot. Maybe because for some it was their 7th year! Othello condensed with comedy added, Comedy of Errors with wacky physical action, Shakespeare rapping and Elizabethan dance, enacting the "Seven ages of man" from As You Like It, miming and dancing...Creative juices were flowing.
As Sean Fagan our talented Shakespearean clown related, the learning is in the process. Taking each germ of an idea and growing it into the fullness of performance in 8 short school days requires a collaborative, giving and incredibly creative culture. The delight of each student and of the audience is the payoff.