Prestwick House and Delaware Shakespeare Festival Bring Shakespeare Scholar to Delaware Schools

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Prestwick House sponsorship brings Delaware Shakespeare Festival’s Education Outreach Program to ten schools for free.

It was a terrific opportunity for my students to experience a professional introduction to the world of Shakespearean Drama.

For the second year in a row, Delaware schools will have the chance to have an actor and Shakespeare scholar visit, thanks to a partnership between Prestwick House Publishing and the Delaware Shakespeare Festival (DSF).

As a professional theatre company, DSF is dedicated to making Shakespeare accessible and fun by presenting affordable, high-quality theatre and education programs to the residents and visitors of the greater Delaware Valley.

Shakespeare: Then, Now, and Always (STNA) is a fun and interactive seminar led by DSF actor and education director Allyson Good. Over the past few years, Good has visited local classrooms and taught students to appreciate Shakespeare’s work through a brief overview of the Bard’s historical background, along with activities like the “Shakespearean Insult Game,” learning about Shakespeare’s hidden clues, and speaking and acting scenes.

Prestwick House has agreed to bring this program, free of charge, to area schools throughout 2012 — furthering both their company mission of helping English teachers bring love of literature to students and DSF’s mission to bring affordable Shakespeare to the Delaware Valley.

After a visit to her classroom from Good, teacher Karen Rabik of A.I. du Pont High school commented, “It was a terrific opportunity for my students to experience a professional introduction to the world of Shakespearean Drama.”

“STNA’s focus on the language, themes, Elizabethan world of theatre and the play’s intense emotion was both enlightening and stimulating... often a classroom experience with Shakespeare can be dull and boring. The ability to have DSF interact with my students and the text gives new meaning to ‘life on stage.’ This was a valuable and enriching opportunity for the students.”

Richard Dale, an English teacher at Pencader Charter High School, says that Good’s lessons are stimulating and have prompted his students to be excited for future Shakespeare study. Dales says that, “In the days that followed as we completed our unit on Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet, the students were excited to continue with the final two acts of the play, and they often referred to the material that they had been taught during STNA.”

In addition to their work in the classrooms of the Delaware Valley, DSF will celebrate their 10th Anniversary this summer. They are scheduled to present one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, from July 13-28. Along with their sponsorship of Shakespeare: Then, Now, and Always, Prestwick House will also sponsor Teacher Appreciation Night at a performance of this classic play.

In conjunction with Teacher Appreciation Night, Prestwick House will announce the winner of their third annual Prestwick House Delaware English Teacher of the Year Award and Prestwick House Delaware English Language Arts Student of the Year Award.

For more information on DSF or STNA, please visit http://www.delshakes.org or contact Allyson Good via email at allyson(at)delshakes(dot)org. For more information on Prestwick House, the Prestwick House Delaware English Teacher of the Year Award, or the Prestwick House Delaware English Language Arts Student of the Year Award, please visit http://www.PrestwickHouse.com or contact Keith Bergstrom via email at Keith(at)prestwickhouse(dot)com.

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