Educational Tour: Accessible Shakespeare Across the States

Photo: Amy Randall Photography

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.

2018 Touring Production: The Tempest

Directed by Mallory Pellegrino
Available to venues September and October 2018.

Our play starts with a shipwreck and ends with a reunion. In between, witness fantastic spells, murderous plots, and a love story. The Warehouse Theatre Touring Company will engage the imagination with creative play and ignite minds with their command of Shakespeare’s language. Both magical and deeply human, The Tempest examines the importance of individual action and the power to both create and destroy.

This production runs approximately 70 minutes with no intermission and is appropriate for middle and high school students.

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. (Tempest study guide available below.)

Tour stops in 2018 include:

Past Productions Include

Othello (2017)
Twelfth Night (2016)*
Hamlet (2015)*
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014)*
Julius Caesar (2013)

*indicates that production was part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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

Tempest 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