Shakespeare in a Week
What better way to train students in the art of rhetoric than by producing and performing a play by Shakespeare? Each year students in grades 7 through 12 come together to do just that. They construct the set, block, memorize lines, prepare concessions, and create publicity — all of which culminates in performances on a Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
How long does such a production take? One week. While it is true that lines are assigned early in the school year, and line drills are conducted throughout the winter months, the bulk of the preparation is done in just six days. These are six days of intensive work as students dive headfirst into the culture and spirit of Shakespeare, learning not only the language and vocabulary of Shakespeare, but important tools that will enable them to be successful rhetoricians whatever their vocation.