Fine Arts - Performing / Shakespeare

" To know a thing, dip yourself in it like pen and ink, let it write you in its own words. " - Elizabeth Ayres

pictureOur performing arts program offers children very challenging opportunities to realize and employ their own unique talents, attain skills essential for creative expression, to mature in their awareness of our beautiful literary heritage and come to love the works of our greatest playwright: William Shakespeare.

Our children all participate in the theater program as part of the school’s annual Shakespeare production. This methodology accentuates the significance of being actively involved in the process of creative endeavor.

It is our firm belief that this challenging pursuit affords a wonderful occasion for children to express themselves, gain confidence, develop strength of mind and enjoy a more gratifying and rewarding life.

It is understood in academia, that a well-educated person is supposed to know Shakespeare, but not as common to say Shakespeare should be truly enjoyed. Here, we achieve both. Plays by William Shakespeare were never meant to be read, but performed on stage. And the bane of students everywhere has been a simplistic requirement that Shakespeare be read, coupled with the assumption that he be understood. And then should be repeatedly tested over. The complexity and novelty of the language has always precluded that.

In our opinion, the ONLY way to truly understand and ultimately come to enjoy Shakespeare is to perform on stage. Our students do this each year, and they confess to learning and enjoying our productions. It is always a noble and difficult endeavor. And our students always surprise and delight everyone with their lauded accomplishments.

We cordially invite you to join us in May for our annual Shakespeare production. Our students will select the play to be produced in January.

Past productions have included: As You Like It, The Tempest, Othello, Henry V, Richard III, Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, and Hamlet.

Shakespeare wrote / co-wrote at least 37 plays as outlined below:

Early: (1538-1597) comedies and histories--few tragedies


1588-1593 --- Comedy of Errors --- comedy
1588-1594 --- Love Labour's Lost --- comedy
1590-1591 --- 2 Henry VI --- history
1590-1591 --- 3 Henry VI --- history
1591-1592 --- 1 Henry VI --- history
1592-1593 --- Richard III --- history
1593-1594 --- Titus Andronicus --- tragedy
1593-1594 --- Taming of the Shrew--- comedy
1593-1595 --- Two Gentleman of Verona --- comedy
1594-1596 --- Romeo and Juliet --- tragedy
1595 --- Richard II --- history
1594-1596 --- Midsummer Night's Dream --- comedy
1596-1597 --- Merchant of Venice --- comedy

Balanced: (1597-1604) histories and development of tragedies


1597 --- 1 Henry IV --- history
1597-1598 --- 2 Henry IV --- history
1598-1600 --- Much Ado About Nothing --- comedy
1598-1599 --- Henry V --- history
1599-1600 --- Julius Caesar --- tragedy
1599-1600 --- As You Like It --- comedy
1599-1600 --- Twelfth Night --- comedy
1600-1601 --- Hamlet --- tragedy
1597-1601 --- The Merry Wives of Windsor --- comedy
1602-1609 --- Troilus and Cressida --- problem comedy
1602-1604 --- All's Well that Ends Well --- comedy

Mature: (1603-1609) the major tragedies:


1603-1604 --- Othello --- tragedy
1604-1605 --- Measure for Measure --- problem comedy
1605-1606 --- King Lear --- tragedy
1605-1606 --- Macbeth --- tragedy
1606-1607 --- Antony and Cleopatra -- tragedy
1605-1608 --- Timon of Athens --- tragedy
1607-1609 --- Coriolanus --- tragedy
1608-1609 --- Pericles --- tragedy

Final (1609-1613) comedies and romances:


1609-1610 --- Cymbeline --- comedy
1610-1611 --- The Winter's Tale --- comedy
1611-1612 --- The Tempest --- romance
1612-1613 --- Henry VIII --- history

 

RESOURCES ON SHAKESPEARE

Renaissance Philosophy, Psychology and Literature / Shakespeare

Politics, Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology, and Medical Science

The Renaissance: The Elizabethan World

The Trials of ... Guy Fawkes [and the] Conspirators in the Gunpowder-Plot. 27 Jan. 1605. 3 Jac. l.

Norton Anthology of World Literature: Links to Renaissance Psychology

The Anatomy of Melancholy

The Pre-History of Cognitive Science

Luther: Selected Works and Commentaries

Renaissance History Links

Dr. Nighan's British Literature Page

Renaissance history and
sociology: focus Shakespeare

Shakespeare: Sites and Criticism

SITES ON SHAKESPEARE AND THE RENAISSANCE (excellent links)

SEARCH THE TEXT OF A.C. BRADLEY'S SHAKESPEAREAN TRAGEDY

CLICK NOTES FOR HAMLET, MACBETH, OTHELLO & ROMEO AND JULIET

Dr. Nighan's Shakespeare Class

FULL TEXT OF ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY by BURTON

Internet Resources on the Web: Shakespeare

Furness Shakespeare Resources--Excellent for Primary Source Manuscripts

THE SHAKESPEARE RESOURCE CENTER:
HIS LIFE AND THE TIMES

Galileo and Shakespeare (Hamlet)

Madness in Lear by Ingram

Entrance to the Shakespeare Web

Shakespeare Internet Sites

Themes In Shakespeare's Plays

Antisemitism in English Literature
The Shakespeare Case by Opie

Shakespeare's Sources for the History Plays

Shakespeare Plays
On Line : MIT Site

Search the works of Shakespeare

ARISTOTLE and
SHAKESPEARE

THE WORKS OF THE BARD:
[SEARCH ENGINE]

RENASCENCE EDITIONS (U.of Oregon)
PRIMARY SOURCE TEXTS FROM 1477 TO 1799

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet, an excellent site for texts, criticism, sources for the plays, and general Renaissance sociology

Links to Renaissance Literature, Culture and Science

ON LINE BIBLIOGRAPHY
OF SHAKESPEAREAN
COMEDY

Shakespeare Resource Center

SHAKESPEARE AND HIS CRITICS

"THE AMAZING WEB SITE
OF SHAKESPEARE SONNETS"

Renaissance Electronic Texts (U. of Toronto--including THE BOOK OF HOMILIES

Madness and Gender in Shakespeare (Distracted Subjects) by Carol Kneely

Guide to Online Schools--A Comprehensive Site to Shakespeare's plays with many analytical links

To Reign in Hell: An Essay on Villains in Shakespeare by Gregory Gietzen

Shakespeare: Criticism of Individual Plays

This site offers hard to find Shakespearean Criticism

Bibliography on Taming of
The Shrew

Macbeth and Holinshed

Historical Background for Julius Caesar

Goldman's review of Greenblatt's Hamlet and Purgatory

Amanda Mabillard's Criticism of 1 Henry IV

An Anthology of Primary Source Criticism: Othello and Race (Arranged Chronologically)

"Enjoying Hamlet" by Ed. Friedlander, MD

Shakespeare's life and times with links to selected plays
including: Hamlet, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Study Guide

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Enjoying "Macbeth" by Ed. Friedlander, MD

Classic Notes for Measure for Measure

A Study Guide to King Lear--(many links)

A Study Guide to
Taming of the Shrew

Moor or less from Wesleyan (discusses the cultural dynamics of Othello)

War of Roses and the Princes in the Tower

Tate's Version of King Lear

The Richard III and Yorkist History Server

The History of Richard III (Ph.D. Thesis)

Richard III Online Resources

The Richard III Society Home Page

The "Trial" of Richard III

On line Criticism of Shakespeare Including Coleridge on Hamlet


An analysis of Hamlet's "vicious mole" (theme passage)


PETRARCH

Petrarch:Father of Humanism

Petrarch

The Sonnet: Its Characteristics
and History by William Sharp

 

Trip Portfolio and Photos

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