Hawthorne's Shakespeare Festival

  • Hawthorne students in full costume

Hawthorne’s annual Shakespeare Festival is a thirty-year tradition. Students in grades four, five, and six produce three plays each year which are performed in repertory in their classrooms during the day for student audiences and in the evening for family and friends. The plays are double-cast; each class performs ten times during the week.

The plays are abridged, but use Shakespeare’s original language. The students work with their teacher directors for two months to prepare for their performances. This year’s plays were Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Author: Marilyn Taft, Hawthorne Elementary

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