Educational Tour: Accessible Shakespeare Across the States

“The Warehouse Theatre’s hip, fresh take on Shakespeare’s classic was a huge draw for local K-12 students, especially those enrolled in drama. The evening performance was offered free to Clemson University students as part of our Rush the Box Office program and drew one of the largest crowds of its kind this year. The briskly-paced production appealed to every demographic… and that’s no small feat!” – Thomas Hudgins, Clemson University

“This was one of the best performances we have seen at the Peace Center. The contemporary touches helped students follow and connect with the plot. Students generally have a difficult time understanding when more than one character is played by one actor, but the props/costuming helped alleviate that confusion. The acting was excellent. The play was hysterical. I was so pleased. My intention in taking students to live performances is to help them see that Shakespeare isn’t just for those of us who chose to major in English but that his stories can speak to what they experience every day. I want them drawn out of themselves into another world where they can look back on their own world with greater understanding. I also want them to enjoy something with a bit more depth than “America’s Next Top Model.” Midsummer is especially relevant to middle and high school students, and many of the students in my class reacted passionately to the love tangles and behavior of the lovers toward one another. I really couldn’t have asked for a more powerful performance. Thank you all at The Warehouse Theatre. I left the theatre that day feeling like I had an team of allies in my corner!” – Teacher, J Bonds Harley Career Center

 

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Shakespeare was meant to be seen and heard, but oftentimes, students’ only exposure to the Bard is in a classroom, reading his words and trying to decipher their meaning. Shakespeare seems like “Old English” and irrelevant to the 21st century teenagers, but his characters and themes have stood the test of time– and they have something to say! So why can’t Shakespeare be exciting?

The answer is: he can! At the Warehouse Theatre, we make Shakespeare hip with our 75 minute professional productions of his most loved classics. Our productions use original Shakespearean text, making it accessible and alive while not talking down to students. We treat them like the sophisticated and complex audiences they are, demanding the highest quality of theatre possible. Many times, students seeing these shows are seeing Shakespeare– or live theatre– for the very first time.

For more information about our touring program, contact Mallory Pellegrino, Director of Education.ShakespeareSponsorMaster

2017 Touring Production: Othello

Directed by Anne Kelly Tromsness and Maegan McNerney Azar
Available to venues mid-October to mid-November 2017.

What happens when evil and manipulation are loosed upon a world where inequity and jealousy already reign?  When suspicion, xenophobia, and distrust flourish, how can love survive?  How can we decipher the truth when lies and deceit become commonplace, and a person’s word is no longer their bond?  Set in a stark, not-so-distant-future, The Warehouse Theatre’s touring production of William Shakespeare’s Othello asks these timeless questions.

Pre and post performance in-classroom workshops are available.  Our workshop format is highly experiential, getting students out of their desk and working with the material, while directly connecting to standards-based requirements and providing educators adaptable tools they can use long after we have left the classroom.  Workshops run 55-90 minutes, conducted by our teaching artists featured in the production.  Talkback opportunities with the cast will be available at performance venues.  Study guide made available in April 2017. (Twelfth Night study guide available below.)

2016 Touring Production:  Twelfth Night

The Warehouse Theatre’s Production of Twelfth Night was a part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Tour stops in 2016 included:

For booking information, please contact Mallory Pellegrino at [email protected].

Twelfth Night Study Guide

“It is such a joy to know that The Warehouse Theatre can reach high school students with Shakespeare. We heard students saying they were blown away and had never thought about Shakespeare in current day and time. One student proclaimed, “I paid attention the entire time! I get it! I love Shakespeare because of them!” The Q&A time provided my favorite question and it came from a young lady that asked the cast, “How did you make it seem so real?” That is the mark of the true professionalism and quality you can rely on from The Warehouse Theatre.” – Seth Reimer, Sumter Opera House