The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library at the Portland Public Library invites you to “Shakespeariment: Interactive Workshop for Children,” on March 19 and 26 from 3 to 4 p.m. Educators will help kids work together to make their own Shakespeare stories for the stage. With improvisational games and literacy challenges, this introduction to Shakespeare is a perfect program to inspire and challenge, for ages 5 to 12, organizers noted.To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life for young people. Just think of all of the common phrases coined by the Bard, like “to use one’s mind’s eye,” “to find method in someone’s madness,” “to be eaten out of house and home,” “to have a heart of gold,” or “to be living in a fool's paradise,” just to name a few.
Author Ross Farrelly said, “Studying Shakespeare benefits students in [many] ways. Shakespeare's language is tricky to read aloud and comprehend, and it is harder still to perform in front of a theatre full of family and friends. If children can understand Shakespeare they can understand anything. ... [S]tudents gain strength, determination and the capacity to deal with minor hardships (like forgetting your lines on stage) by studying ... Shakespeare.”
Kids who attend the Shakespeariment won’t have to memorize anything, but they will surely catch the flavor of the language.
Here are descriptions for the two Saturday afternoon programs:
March 19 Shakespeariment: A Midsummer Night’s Dream - It’s time for all ages to celebrate the First Folio exhibit by acting out a silly story from a Midsummer Night’s Dream. With Theatre Educators from the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, we’ll play some vocabulary improvisational games that use our whole bodies, and imagine ourselves near a bank where the wild thyme grows. We’ll be fairy kings and queens and fall in love with very handsome… DONKEYS?!?
March 26Shakespeariment: The Tempest - Did you know Tempest means storm? With Theatre Educators, we’ll play some whole-body vocabulary improv games, create our own roaring tempest with some simple handmade instruments, and imagine ourselves on a deserted magical island.
The Portland Public Library can be reached at 207.871.1700; or visit https://www.portlandlibrary.com.
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