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2012-2013 SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee Program

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

The Shakespeare Theatre Company welcomes teachers and students to experience the excitement of live performance through the SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee Program. SHAKESPEARIENCE is designed to increase access 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.

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

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)

THE PLAYS

The Government Inspector (recommended for grades 8 and up)
By Nikolai Gogol
adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher
directed by Michael Kahn
Lansburgh Theatre

In Gogol’s witty and hilarious satire of provincial Russian bureaucracy, Khlestakov, a civil servant who is running out of money, travels from Saint Petersburg to a small town where his imagination runs rampant. When bumbling town officials mistake him for an incognito inspector investigating them for corruption, a comedy of errors begins and chaos ensues. Directed by Artistic Director Michael Kahn, this ironic comedy features self deception, mockery and pandemonium.
SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee Dates:
Thursday, October 18 at 10 a.m.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (recommended for grades 6 and up)
by William Shakespeare
directed by Ethan McSweeny
Sidney Harman Hall

Spend your winter dreaming under the light of the Fairyland moon, with Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Mismatched lovers Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius and Helena encounter a supernatural squabble that will alter their destinies forever. Will mischievous Puck create harmony or cacophony within the forest? Love, magic and wonder fill the air as dreams blend with reality in this must-see Shakespeare classic.
SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee Dates:
Wednesday, November 21 at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, December 4 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, December 12 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, December 13 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, December 20 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, January 2 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, January 3 at 10 a.m. SIGN INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE

I, Peaseblossom (recommended for grades 2 and up)
By Tim Crouch
Sidney Harman Hall Forum

Written and performed by British artist Tim Crouch, I Peaseblossm is geared toward younger audiences. This one-man play tells the story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from the perspective of the fairy, Peaseblossom.  This presentation is a part of a series of four solo plays written by Crouch, imaginatively re-inventing Shakespeare for young audiences.
SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee Dates:
Wednesday, January 23 at 11 a.m.
Thursday, January 24 at 11 a.m.
Friday, January 25 at 11 a.m.

Man and Superman (recommended for grades 8 and up)
by George Bernard Shaw
directed by Aaron Posner
Lansburgh Theatre

This play explores the question of whether or not man can live without the love of a woman. Once John Tanner, a wealthy intellectual who values his freedom, finds out that Ann Whitefield is seeking him as a husband, he attempts to escape but is overcome by his attraction towards her. Aaron Posner directs this ambitious comedy of big ideas and witty emotions.
SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee Dates:
Wednesday, February 20 at 10 a.m.

Coriolanus (recommended for grades 8 and up)
by William Shakespeare
directed by David Muse
Sidney Harman Hall

A mighty hero, Caius Martius, earns the new name of “Coriolanus” for his triumphs. However his inflexible self-belief and contempt for popular rule cause him to be condemned as a traitor and sent into exile. Desiring revenge against the Romans who banished him, he befriends his blood enemy, Aufidius, to launch an assault on his beloved city. Rome, in its terror, pleads with Coriolanus to end his crusade for vengeance. Directed by David Muse, former STC Associate Director, Coriolanus blurs the lines between hero and traitor in this politically driven tragedy.
SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee Dates:
Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, May 9 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, May 15 at 12 p.m. SIGN INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE

Wallenstein (recommended for grades 8 and up)
by Friedrich Schiller
directed by Michael Kahn
Sidney Harman Hall

STC is proud to announce a newly commissioned adaptation and translation of Friedrich Schiller’s Wallenstein by former poet laureate Robert Pinsky. Wallenstein, one of Germany’s greatest dramatic works, follows the famous general Albrecht von Wallenstein at the height of his influence and power during the Thirty Years’ War. Leading Europe’s most powerful army, Wallenstein is caught between his ambition and his Emperor’s growing distrust. He must decide either to stay loyal to his king and lose his power or to betray his country for greater gain. STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn directs this epic story of war, intrigue and loyalty tested.
SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee Dates:
Wednesday, April 24 at 12 p.m.

The Winter’s Tale (recommended for grades 8 and up)
by William Shakespeare
directed by Rebecca Bayla Taichman
Lansburgh Theatre

A celebration in the art of storytelling, the Shakespeare Theatre Company presents The Winter’s Tale, one of Shakespeare’s late romances. Traveling through time, visiting the austere court at Sicilia and the bright sea shore of Bohemia, two generations transcend torment and obsession. The Winter’s Tale is a compassionate and dazzling saga that tells the tale of King Leontes, who is overcome with jealousy when he believes his pregnant wife Hermione and his good friend King Polixenes are lovers. STC revisits this classic piece with imagination and wit.
SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee Dates:
Thursday, May 23 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, May 29 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, June 19 at 10 a.m.

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

What people are saying about SHAKESPEARIENCE:

“The SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee Program has brought rigor and enthusiasm for the Arts and Literature that one would never expect to see in a high school environment…”
Kamel Igoudjil
Humanities Teacher
School Without Walls (DC Public Schools)

“The program was so well though out;  from the literature you sent for the students, to the artist visit, to the performance itself and then the workshop the students participated in after the show-everything was purposeful and creative.”
Joanna Lewton
Arts Coordinator, drama teacher
Capital City Public Charter School (DC)

“…The SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee Program provides a valuable introduction to the live performance of Shakespeare.  For some of our students this is their first experience with any kind of live professional theatre.  The “talk back” opportunity with the actors after the performance has been particularly valuable for T.C. Williams students…the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s educational programs have opened up a new world for our students…”
Mark Eaton
English Department
T.C. Williams High School (Alexandria City)

TO APPLY:

You must have a group of 10 or more in order to participate in SHAKESPEARIENCE.
Click here if you are with a public school.
Click here if you are with an independent, parochial or home school.
Click here if you are participating in the Text Alive! program.