Congratulations to the Class of 2024 for a wonderful performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet!
Traditions and rituals help cement a school’s identity while signaling what a school values. Shakespeare is a special tradition that can be traced all the way back to the early 1960s, and the annual play is a rite of passage for the eighth grade class. The benefits for students are numerous.
The play itself is a massive undertaking for these students. We love that Shakespeare is a cross-curricular experience. The endeavor involves a multifaceted approach, seamlessly blending literature with elements of drama, history, and language arts. Students not only delve into the intricacies of Shakespearean language and literary analysis but also gain valuable insights into the historical and cultural context of the play in Mrs. Robb’s English class. They might spend one day retouching a backdrop and the next working on lighting or sound. It might be a field trip to the American Shakespeare Center. All of these parts work together to bring the play to life.
The Bard also teaches us through this unique learning style, fostering skills that benefit every student:
Critical Thinking Collaboration Commitment Communication Perseverance Planning Initiative Independence Creativity
Kudos to each eighth grader on a job well done. Special gratitude and acknowledgement goes to Mrs. Greenhalgh our leader and Director of the Shakespeare Play, Mrs. Robb and everyone involved for their tireless efforts to bring the 2024 Shakespeare Play to fruition.