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.

 Enjoy some photos from the January 2016 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Providence upper school has produced the following Shakespeare plays:

2001-02 The Comedy of Errors
2002-03 Twelfth Night
2003-04 The Taming of the Shrew
2004-05 The Winters Tale
2005-06 Love’s Labor’s Lost
2006-07 As You Like It
2007-08 Much Ado About Nothing
2008-09 A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2009-10 The Comedy of Errors
2010-11 Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (one year hiatus from Shakespeare.)
2011-12 As You Like It
2012-13 Twelfth Night
2013-14 Love’s Labor’s Lost
2014-15 Julius Caesar
2015-16 A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2016-17 Macbeth