Tenth and Eleventh Grades Theatre
In the spirit of community that is such an important part of our program, the tenth and eleventh grades work on a large-cast play together. In alternate years this will be a Shakespeare play, so that by graduation every student will have had the privilege of being immersed in the work of this great master. Every other year, the director looks for a play that has the characters and the depth of subject matter to speak to a large combined group of students.
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I am deeply indebted to William Shakespeare and the way we are invited to think about the issues he presents through his characters. I have a terror of trying to be funny and failing. But as I have worked with Autolycus [in The Winter’s Tale] these past weeks, I have flashes of seeing how to play him with genuine understanding. As much as it shocks me, I find that Autolycus is not unlike me. I am beginning to get a handle on my fear, and I think about how I can use this experience in my life; I can go anywhere I want to, the freedom of my soul can lead me anywhere I love or long to go.
Tenth grade student