Last week we wrapped up our annual Secondary School Shakespeare Festival.
Students from close to 50 local schools performed 25-minute scenes from Shakespeare plays onstage at the Folger in front of their peers.
(You can see some photos and tweets at #FolgerFest. A lot of fun had by all!)
Now we’re getting ready for our Children’s Festival in May, for local students in grades 3-6!
We’ve got a great thing going on here in the DC area, but student Shakespeare festivals have cropped up in other parts of the U.S. too.
There’s the Shakesperience: NJ festival in May, hosted by the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library and Rider University.
Then there’s the Shakespeare Scene Festival for middle school and high school students, held at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock–a festival that was inspired by a workshop at the Folger!
We could go on naming them, but we want to ask you these questions: Is there a student Shakespeare festival in your area? If not, what’s standing in the way of you starting one?
The Folger has some great material to help you organize and prepare for a festival. Find what you need on our website:
- Planning Guide: A Festival Timeline
- How to Select and Cut Scenes
- How to Hold Auditions
- How to Assemble a Prompt Book
- How to Teach Students Blocking and Stage Direction
- Ideas for Props
And if you’re participating in or preparing for a student Shakespeare festival right now, how’s it going? We’d love to hear from you and your students.