Shakespeare can be a bit tricky for high school students, but also lots of fun. Acting out passages from the Bard can be a great way to learn about the Elizabethan playwright.
Here’ s write-up about a recent Shakespeare session at Croton-Harmon High School:
Teaching artists Neil Hellegers and Megan Gafney led students through theater and language exercises that engaged them in the performance of Shakespeare’s work. The program was made possible at CHHS thanks to the generous support of the Croton-Harmon Education Foundation (CHEF).
After a brief warm-up, students practiced adding nuance to Shakespeare’s words through intonation and body language. Hellegers and Gaffney also helped students to translate vivid Shakespearian insults into contemporary language before they hurled these jibes. Student volunteers also dramatized an excerpt from the first scene of Romeo and Juliet, in which the Montagues’ and Capulets’ servants instigate a fight between the two families.
CHHS student Katelyn Marcus reflected, “It taught me how Shakespeare is not just supposed to be read. It should be acted out. [The workshops] brought the words and performance together.”
Photo Caption: Students in Noel Schoenleber’s English 9 class at CHHS dramatize scenes from Shakespeare during a workshop funded by CHEF.