Education Events

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Education Outreach Update

It’s been a busy semester for the Educational Outreach team. We have delivered workshops and play-in-a-day performances throughout Leon County schools!

We organized and ran five whole-day visits at RAA culminating in each class performing their production of Macbeth, and will be running the same program at Cobb Middle School from April 4th through 8th. We held three full-day workshops at Godby High School, which were our first meaningful sessions at a Title One School. From the feedback received, Godby was not only very pleased with our sessions, but want us to build our relationship with more visits, and it would be a good venue for Sonnet Man when he arrives prior to the festival.

At the time of writing, we are halfway through Shakespearean workshops at Sail High School, and again the enthusiasm and involvement of the students has been very gratifying. We held a workshop with the drama students at Leon High School on the skills and techniques required to deliver a Shakespearean monologue, and have been invited back on Wednesday of this week to evaluate their resulting performances.

We are also delivering whole-day sessions at Lincoln High School, working with their English Dept. where the students are studying Hamlet and Richard III. These sessions will be ongoing after Spring Break.

Our first visit to the Walker Ford after-school program is scheduled for today (Monday, March 7th), and after evaluation, we will be running twice-weekly drama sessions with their children, culminating in a performance by them during the Sunday of the April Festival.

As a side note, prior to our Touring Company’s production of Shakespeare Abridged in Apalachicola, on Wednesday March 9th, we will be running a play-in-a-day workshop with the students of Port St. Joe High School.

Following a successful fundraiser with Romance and Rhymes at Westminster Oaks last month, The Bardlings go from strength to strength, with the recent auditions providing a troupe of some 25 young actors, ranging in age from 11 to 18, and the rehearsals for The Tempest, which will be performed at the Festival as well as other venues, has now begun. With Bianca Montague, Phil Croton, Sierra Service and some dedicated parents steering the ship, we hope to provide not only a good show, but also invaluable experience for our members on the staging of a “straight” Shakespearean play. The Bardlings will also be returning to Lichgate Gardens to continue our association with them and the Shakespeare Garden.

We are very excited about the return of “Sonnet Man” and are in the process of determining how best to utilize his considerable talents during his time with us.

The next project is our inaugural Summer Camp, which will offer the children of our community the chance to experience the thrills and spills of live Theater. Damsels, Daggers and Death will be three separate weeks for Elementary, Middle and High School students beginning on June 6th and culminating in a performance of Romeo and Juliet on June 24th.

Phil Croton
Director of Education