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Grandparents Day Gets Dramatic with Shakespeare

This summer, 5th grade English, social studies, and drama teacher, Lisa Haywood, led “The Shakespeare Experience” mini camp at Harrisburg Academy.  Eight students participated in the camp, which was a week-long exploration of “Macbeth,” a dark tragedy about a brave Scottish general, his rise to power, and his fall from grace.

Students performed major scenes from the classic play, connected by narration from Lois Burdett’s “Macbeth for Kids.”  They also learned fight choreography (featured here in this video) from Dan Burke, a professional actor and fight choreographer who runs “Safe Violence by Dan Burke.”  Dan works with a number of professional theatre companies and educational theatre programs in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Middle School grandparents attending Grandparents and Special Friends Day today had the opportunity to enjoy similar theatrics from three William Shakespeare plays, “Macbeth,” “Henry VI,” and “King Lear.”

“When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain?  When the hurlyburly ‘s done, When the battle’s lost and won.”

“Henry VI, Act I, Scene II“ performance from Grandparents and Special Friends Day 2017. From left: Caroline C. ’24 and Willow D. ’23.

Willow D. ’23

Caroline C. ’24

“Macbeth, Act III, Scene III“ performance from Grandparents and Special Friends Day 2017. From left: Noel B. ’23, Ramiz R. ’22, and Jason W. ’22.

“King Lear, Act V, Scene III“ performance from Grandparents and Special Friends Day 2017. From left: Camryn H. ’23, Zoe B. ’23, and Julia T. ’23.

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