Log In   ·   Become A Member

Shakespeare & Company Mentors Hamptons Students

Anastasia Lennon

The Tempest cast. (Courtesy Photo)

Every year since the late nineties, the Massachusetts-based Shakespeare & Company has traveled to the Hayground School in Bridgehampton for a three-week stay to work with its students and bring Shakespeare's work to the stage. This year, students put on two performances of his romantic comedy, The Tempest at Guild Hall in East Hampton. The residency began in late November and culminated in December.

The production brings professional actors and mentors together with students and faculty for an in depth study of Shakespeare's work. Faculty work with the directors to select a play and cast students. They study the text, the story, and the history of the Bard with theatre games and other fun activities so that the students can appreciate and understand the play and its languages. One activity involves drawing scenes and captioning them with lines from the play.

For time, the play is often adapted and abridged, but the language is largely preserved to reflect the original text. This year's production was quite inclusive--boasting students as old as thirteen and as young as three, and involving parents, alumni, and community members to help stage the production with set and costumes.

"The performances at Hayground are always exciting and delightful, and this was no different. Each of the actors brought themselves completely to the stage and we are very proud of everyone. It's been a fantastic time working with the whole school, and we can't wait to be back again next year!" said mentors of Shakespeare & Company.

The residency is part of Hayground's greater Visiting Artist Program, which invites artists, performers, and scientists to lead workshops with its students. All tickets sales from the performances went to the Visiting Artist Program to support future projects and workshops.

Shakespeare & Company was founded in 1978 and is one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the United States. It has an award-winning theatre-in-education program and works with more than 45,000 students every year, and has worked with nearly one million since the program's inception.




Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)
 

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
Location:*
Comments:*
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
Question:*
What color is a firetruck?
(For spam prevention, thanks)
 
 
 
East End Tick Control
The East End's only New York State licensed dedicated tick and mosquito control specialists!

Bridgehampton National Bank
For over 100 years Bridgehampton National Bank has been the East End's hometown bank. Many success stories...one bank, BNB!

Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home
We pay less,and so do you.With over 1,000 stores in our buying group, we can get the lowest prices from the best flooring manufacturers and pass the savings on to you.Visit our other locations: Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home, 675 North Sea Road,Southampton, NY 11968

CP Complete- Landscape Design & Construction
Paul Guillo And Chris Hall Two Of The Most Respected Names In The Community Together, they are partners in CP Complete. They bring their years of experience and integrity to creating and renovating luxury backyards.