Shakespeare at Parker means nine action-packed days. Students tap their creative juices, brainstorm ideas, memorize Shakespearean lines, learn to move on-stage (sometimes with swords), and practice the give-and-take of listening and responding to fellow actors. It takes self-discipline. It takes bravery and empathy. Ultimately Shakespeare builds students' self-confidence, literacy and communication skills. And many of the kids (and adults!) will tell you, "Shakespeare Night is my favorite night of the year!"
The theme this year involved going to Hollywood and videos of the actors were interspersed with the live action in the performance. Class scenes developed by Sean Fagan with the students' input included the legend of rainbows, a cross-country bus trip, a pie throwing documentary, a Shakespearean game show, Zombies in the Globe Theater, and Othello: a Melodrama on Film and Stage.