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Shakespeare in Delaware Park is a not-for-profit, professional theatre company dedicated to providing free, high-quality public theatre to the widest possible audience. Our goal is to enrich, inspire and entertain diverse audiences through performance and educational programming, with a focus on the works of William Shakespeare. We are committed to mentoring students and professionals, and offering adults and children opportunities to experience and appreciate live theatre.

Art Forms:
Ensemble

Programs

Being Shakespeare

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This program will focus on the basic elements of theatre and understanding Shakespeare’s text within the context of history.

In this program, Being Shakespeare, we will balance Shakespeare’s plays and writing as well as other informational texts and examine them through an actor’s perspective. Students will interpret physicality, movement and analyze character development based on the given text to gain knowledge about the world and to create a well-rounded character. There will be both individual work and group collaboration throughout this program, which will conclude in a final performance in front of their peers.

The program will begin with textual analysis to engage in text-based conversations for an introduction on clues to breakdown the text. This is the foundation for understanding Shakespearean language.  After some basic textual exercises, students will begin to explore and play with the possibilities and choices an actor has when examining the text while building a transferable vocabulary. All students will have the opportunity to perform. A major component of this program is Character development, which they will do in writing from evidence taken from the plays.

Pricing varies per residency. Please call the APL office for details, (716) 881-0917.
Grade Level:
6-12
Audience Limit:
30

Speaking Shakespeare

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Speaking Shakespeare will examine Shakespeare's words by engaging in rich evidence based conversations about the text.  Text-based answers will also allow students to discover clues in the text (such as watching punctuation, iambic pentameter, etc.) which leads them to exercises in paraphrasing.  By paraphrasing, students will write from the sources and build their academic vocabulary directly from Shakespeare's texts.

Along with following the Common Core Learning Standards for ELA, Speaking Shakespeare will cover both Arts Standards 1 and 4.  For Standard 1, students will work in individual and group exercises to perform their paraphrasing samples.  Then, combining Standard 1 and 4, using the cultural aspects of Shakespeare's history, students will compare and contrast Elizabethan and current times.  This will further aid the understanding of the text.

Students will leave the program with a deeper knowledge and appreciation of Shakespeare's time in history, relevance to today's society, basic stage craft, and skills to analyze scripts for clues on how to speak and act the text, whether in class, as an actor or part of a creative team, or as an audience member.

Pricing varies per residency. Please call the APL office for details, (716) 881-0917.
Grade Level:
6-12
Audience Limit:
30