BHS Shakespeare Program

BHS students participate in Shakespeare Program
Posted on 03/30/2021
Recently almost a dozen BHS English and Theatre classes participated in a Shakespeare program sponsored by Portland Stage Theatre Company from Maine. Called Virtual Directors Lab Program, schools across the country get access to a 50-minute filmed production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth performed by professional actors and teaching artists in residence at Portland Stage. After the performance, students engage directly with the text in an interactive virtual workshop and Q&A with the actors and creative team. The program also provided a comprehensive Resource Guide filled with information and resources about the play. Directors Lab puts Shakespeare’s language into the hands and mouths of the students, empowering them to be the artists, directors, and ensemble with the power to interpret the text and produce meaning. The students enjoyed the abbreviated performance and talkback with the cast. Earlier in the year, Lawrence Kassan, BCSD Coordinator of Special Projects and Theater reached out to Portland Stage to see if they could include our district in this Shakespearian project. Once they agreed he contacted both Jacqueline Scallan (BHS English Chair) and Ariana Koniuto (BHS Theater Teacher) and after a few Zoom meetings a performance / workshop schedule was created. A big thank you to Margaret McGarry and the BOCES Arts in Education program for making this project possible.
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