It’s “Shakespeare Week’ at Powhatan!

Please be sure to join us as the eighth grade presents Richard III on Friday evening at 7 p.m.

Traditions and rituals help cement a school’s identity while signaling what a school values. This tradition has been a part of the school since the early 1960s, and the annual Shakespeare play is rite of passage for the eighth grade class. All week we will post fun Shakespeare related content to our social media, so check-in daily for fun and engaging pictures, commentary and videos about this important milestone.

Let’s take a look behind the scenes of these Shakespeare productions from the past few years:


2018: Julius Caesar

An interesting twist to Julius Caesar was a change in the time period. The play was set in an alternate history, with Rome being a Soviet Satellite in the early 1990’s. This provided for an excellent challenge for students to hone critical thinking skills and creativity!

A cross-curricular collaboration with technology led to an interesting take on Caesar’s ghost.


2017: MacBeth

A closer look into the cross-curricular aspects of the Shakespeare Play.


2016: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

We get started with the short, fun video above of a few eighth graders practicing their lines while on their field trip to the Chesapeake Bay. Enjoy!

We explore Shakespeare as Project-Based Learning.


2015: Comedy of Errors

In 2015 Mr. Bell retired after 33 years of directing the annual Shakespeare Play at Powhatan School.