Monday, October 19, 2009

Arts Reporting: Bringing Shakespeare to New Braunfels

Found on-line:

Austin Shakespeare Players bring unique learning experience to Comal ISD

A unique grant is bringing Shakespeare to life in Comal ISD (New Braunfels). Thanks to a $7,500 Comal Education Foundation grant, the “Austin Shakespeare Players” paid a visit to Canyon Lake High on Oct. 13, the first of their stops at all four Comal ISD high schools.

There, the members of Austin Shakespeare’s acting troop performed a famous scene from Hamlet and then selected 10 members of its student audience to come up and read the same scene to their classmates on the auditorium stage.
The professional actors then discussed the scene and held question and answer sessions with the students.

“Our goal is to get kids to speak the language of Shakespeare,” said Alex Alford, Austin Shakespeare Players Managing Director. “So many kids get turned off when reading Shakespeare for the first time, but his works come to life when spoken.”

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