Shakespeare on the Sound aims to offer innovative education programs suitable for students in grades K-12. Our unique programs are designed to engage, challenge and inspire students by using theater techniques to promote creative expression and literacy, explore and develop critical thinking, and offer a new approach into the complex world of William Shakespeare, his plays and poetry.
TO BE OR NOT TO BE
Grades K-2 (45 minutes)
This program is designed to introduce young children to Shakespeare’s plays through some of his most well known quotes. Using a five senses approach, our teaching artist will guide the students through voice and movement exercises centered on exploring the language of the quotes. The program concludes with a tactile exploration of Shakespeare’s language when each student creates a craft project around his/her favorite quote.
MUCH ADO ABOUT MASKS
Grades K-2 (45 minutes), Grades 3-5 (1 hour)
Masks play a very important role in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. After a brief introduction to the play, students are given an undefined vocabulary word from the play. In search of the word’s meaning our teaching artist guides the students through voice and movement theater games. Informed by discoveries made during the exploration of the word, students create a mask inspired by their word. The works are defined at the end of the program. *mask and materials provided by Shakespeare on the Sound.
THE PLAY'S THE THING
Grades 3-8 (1 Hour)
This program is for those interested on focusing on a specific play. The teaching artist uses paper plate puppets to give a synopsis of the play. The students are then lead through theater warm-ups and image work designed around accessing the most important themes of the play. Finally, under the guidance of the teaching artist, the students create their own images that reveal the thematic meaning of an important monologue from the play.
SHAKESPEARE’S ARGUMENT AND PERSUASION
Grades 5-12 (1 Hour)
Shakespeare often uses argument and persuasion in his storytelling. For example, in Romeo and Juliet Friar Lawrence deftly uses the techniques of argument and persuasion to stop Romeo from killing himself in a pivotal scene. But just reading a scene or passage on the page often falls flat and students become disengaged from Shakespeare’s intentions. This program utilizes a teaching artist and professional actor to bring Shakespeare’s text to life. Students will work with the teaching artist and actor to examine argument and persuasion in a small section of text. Then, students in be invited to put the text in their bodies with image work and performance.
WORDS, WORDS, WORDS!
Grades 6-12 (1 Hour)
Shakespeare’s plays and poetry often present students with a challenge – the stories are compelling yet the language is difficult. This program focuses on the art of storytelling and verse-making. Using Shakespeare’s language, a teaching artist will guide the students through the collaborative creation of a story or poem.
**Please note, all our educational programs can be build into multi-day residencies around a specific theme or text.