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SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinees

INFORMATION AND APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2014-2015 SHAKESPEARIENCE SEASON WILL BE AVAILABLE MAY 1.

You’ve read them on the page, now see them onstage!

The Shakespeare Theatre Company invites teachers and students to experience the excitement of live performance through the SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee Program. SHAKESPEARIENCE is designed to increase exposure to classic theatre and the theatrical process for students and teachers in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The program includes subsidized reduced-price tickets, preparatory materials and in-school workshops. Supplemental materials are provided free of charge to all participants.

Measure for Measure
by William Shakespeare
October 3, October 9, October 10, October 15, October 24, October 25, 10 a.m.
at the Lansburgh Theatre

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
December 13, January 2 10 a.m.
at Sidney Harman Hall

The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
January 29, March 4, March 5, March 6 10 a.m.
at Lansburgh Theatre

Henry IV part 1
by William Shakespeare
April 30, May 8, May 21, 10 a.m.
at Sidney Harman Hall

Henry IV part 2
by William Shakespeare
May 14, 10 a.m.
at Sidney Harman Hall

The SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee program for public schools includes:

  • Reduced-price tickets
  • A mandatory in-school pre-performance workshop with a Shakespeare Theatre Company teaching artist to help prepare students for the performance
  • A post-performance talk-back with the actors immediately following the matinee
  • An optional post-performance in-school workshop
  • First Folio: Student and Teacher Resource Guide
  • *New this year* Optional professional development workshops for classroom teachers facilitated by STC Education staff

The SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee program for independent, parochial and home schools includes:

  • Reduced-price tickets
  • A post-performance talk-back with the actors immediately following the matinee
  • First Folio: Student and Teacher Resource Guide
  • Optional pre- and post-performance workshops (fee-based)
  • *New this year* Optional professional development workshops for classroom teachers facilitated by STC Education staff

Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

These optional professional development workshops are designed to build confidence and skills for teaching Shakespeare. They focus on the historical context of the specified play and provide a variety of lesson plans and strategies for teaching Shakespeare. These workshops are held at the STC rehearsal studios in Eastern Market. Dinner is provided.

Professional Development workshops for Measure for Measure:
Wednesday, September 4th: 4:45 – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, September 11th: 4:45 – 7 p.m.

Professional Development workshops for Henry IV Parts 1 and 2:
Wednesday, January 29th: 4:45 – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, February 12th: 4:45 – 7 p.m.

View Frequently Asked Questions about SHAKESPEAREIENCE

What teachers and students are saying about SHAKESPEARIENCE:

“I wanted to send another huge THANK YOU for the invitation, pre lesson and the tickets.  It was a memorable event and the students are extremely appreciative.  The Wheatley Scholars were really engaged and were on the edge of their seats buzzing with excitement.”
Tanesha Dixon, Social Studies teacher Wheatley Education Campus (DC)

“I can not thank you enough for making it possible for my students to see the matinee. They were mesmerized...The entire audience was captivated...it was visually stunning and a beautiful production .”
Tina Donnelly Parkdale High School (Prince George’s County)

“I never thought that Shakespeare could be so hilariously funny. I was entertained more than I ever thought possible and the costuming and special effects really made the text come to life. I'd love to see more of Shakespeare's works on stage in the future…” Student who attended A Midsummer Night’s Dream “Before I saw the play, I thought Shakespeare was simply difficult and boring language but the play brought it to life. In the play it was much more interesting because they added scenes and modern characteristics to draw people my age in.”
Student who attended 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'

THE PLAYS

Measure for Measure

(recommended for grades 8 and up)
By William Shakespeare
directed by Jonathan Munby
Lansburgh Theatre
Duke Vincentio, pretending to take leave, appoints Angelo his deputy and orders him to cleanse the city of vice. When Isabella, a woman about to dedicate her life to God, asks a favor of Angelo, a series of events unfold leading to a shocking ultimatum that reverberates throughout Vienna. Shakespeare’s dark comedy of complex and controversial ideas is a compelling exploration of ethics, morality and the corrupting nature of power.
SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee Dates:
October 3, October 9, October 10, October 16, October 24, October 25, 10 a.m.
at the Lansburgh Theatre

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

(recommended for grades 8 and up)
lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee Dates:
December 13, January 2 10 a.m.
at Sidney Harman Hall

The Importance of Being Earnest

(recommended for grades 6 and up)
by Oscar Wilde
directed by Keith Baxter
Lansburgh Theatre
Oscar Wilde’s most perfect of plays, The Importance of Being Earnest, a comedy about class, courtship and connection. Full of epigrammatic wit and surprising plot twists, Wilde’s sharp and satirical concoction tells the tale of Jack and Algernon, who indulge themselves in their favorite pastime, “Bunburying,” to avoid their burdensome social obligations. SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee Dates:
January 29, March 4, March 5, March 6 10 a.m.
at the Lansburgh Theatre

Henry IV parts 1 and 2

(recommended for grades 8 and up)
by William Shakespeare
directed by Michael Kahn
Sidney Harman Hall
Two of Shakespeare’s most popular works, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 contain some of the playwright’s most enduring and endearing characters. Henry IV is a coming-of-age story of a young prince burdened with the duty of accepting his father’s legacy, and the responsibility necessary to unite a fracturing kingdom. Stacy Keach (King Lear, Macbeth) plays Shakespeare’s beloved character, Falstaff, in this epic masterpiece told in two parts and staged in revolving repertory. Part of the Clarice Smith Repertory Series.
SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee Dates:
Henry IV part 1 April 30, May 8, May 21, 10 a.m.
at Sidney Harman Hall
Henry IV part 2 May 14, May 16, 10 a.m.
at Sidney Harman Hall

Click here for the online archive of First Folio: Teacher Curriculum Guides.



SHAKESPEARIENCE is supported by:

Founding Sponsors
Miles Gilburne and Nina Zolt

SHAKESPEARIENCE PRESENTED BY TARGET
Target

Leadership Support

The Beech Street Foundation
Constellation Energy

The Shakespeare Theatre Company's production is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest.

Additional Support

ExxonMobil
Mark and Carol Hyman Fund
Marshall B. Coyne Foundation
Morningstar Foundation
Ms. Toni Ritzenberg
The Jacob and Charlotte Lehrman Foundation
Venable Foundation