Florida Shakespeare Theatre


In-School Touring Program

For 1996-97, FST will present Yo Shakespeare!, a light-hearted and fast-paced satire of the works of William Shakespeare, in 40 performances in the Dade County Public Schools to 20,000 middle and high school students. The production includes "vignettes" of many of Shakespeare's plays, presented with an added contemporary twist to which school-aged audiences easily relate. Elements of folk songs, impersonation, rap music, stand-up comedy, sight gags, and more are all intertwined with the poetic language and passionate messages of the world's greatest playwright. The result is a truly delightful, comedic, and totally unstuffy view of Shakespeare. A study guide and classroom activities are presented in conjunction with the production to reinforce the stage presentation. During the past school year, more than 18,000 students were enthralled with a similar Shakespeare parody, The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged).

Mainstage Production

In February 1997, William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar will be presented to approximately 6,000 middle and high school students at morning matinee performances in our outdoor courtyard theatre at The Biltmore Hotel. Julius Caesar was first performed in the 1600s, yet the history as well as the issues of political ambition, power, passion, and greed raised in the play are universal themes - making the work of Shakespeare relevant to today's audiences. Students arrive to see FST productions having read the play's text in the classroom, thus effecting learning "from page to stage!" In addition to providing each student with a study guide to enhance their Shakespearean and theatrical experience, the actors in Julius Caesar will participate in an informal question and answer session immediately following the production with the student audiences. During the 1995-96 season, more than 4,000 students had the opportunity to see Hamlet in our newly completed Mainstage theatre.

Student At-Risk Theatre Arts Training

FST has expanded its educational programming for the upcoming season to include a student at-risk training program. This innovative project will provide hands-on training for students at-risk of dropping out of school. FST will apprentice 12 carefully-selected high school students in alternative public school programs in the various artistic, technical and managerial disciplines of the theatre. The students will work shoulder-to-shoulder with FST professionals as lighting, sound, scenic and costume designers; as light and sound board operators; as set construction staff; as producers; as stage managers; and as prop masters on Julius Caesar. This will be followed by the production of a show of their own selection with a professional director and actors.

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