Shakespeare in the Schools Residency program hits the road!

Did you know that Penobscot Theatre Company has more resident teaching artists visiting schools than any other arts organization in the state?  Our Shakespeare in the Schools program visits hundreds of kids each year to bring classic text by the Bard off the page.  With a curriculum that is aligned with Maine Learning Results, this program is designed to bring Shakespeare to life in new and imaginative ways.  Imagine the prologue to Romeo and Juliet underscored to Lady Gaga’s song “Bad Romance,” or the Weird Sisters from Macbeth played by an all male zombie cast.  That’s what you get when you send our artists on the road; along with lessons in text analysis, physical and vocal warm-ups, and basic training in swordplay.  Check out these pics and comments from our teaching artist Brad LaBree’s latest trip to Acton Elementary School!  Remember, it’s not too late to book your school today!  Contact our Education Director, Jasmine Ireland at Penobscot Theatre to bring Shakespeare to YOUR school!


Meeting with the kids and introducing the selected scene. This particular week we worked with 7th and 8th graders. 7th grade worked on A Midsummer Night's Dream and 8th focused on Macbeth


Meeting privately with an Acton teacher to discuss specific needs of the class and individual students.

Playing theater games. We started each morning warming up the students with different theatrical exercises. This exercise challenged students to use their bodies to interpret music and express emotions.

Getting fitted with costumes. We travel with trunks busting with costumes, masks and props. It's amazing to see how some kids come alive with a simple flashy garment or ornate hat.

A Midsummer Night's Dream. Check out the little fella on the bottom right. He was terrific student, full of enthusiasm.

Show time! This is a scene from Macbeth. It was awesome to see the kids commit to these eerie and serious roles. I had a blast teaching them and can't wait to return next year.