A Stellar Shakespeare Festival


Congratulations to the cast and crew of the 8th grade Shakespeare Festival! The talented actors brought the plays Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream to life at The Philadelphia School.

The Shakespeare Festival is a long-standing TPS tradition and is the focus of the students’ language arts studies during the winter months. This year the actors were thrown a curveball when a snow day forced a change in schedule to include six shows over two days. Our students and the production crew powered through and brought stellar performances to the audience.


Former Middle School teacher and Division Director Emily Marston, who was the guiding force behind the Shakespeare Festival during her long tenure at TPS, attended this year’s shows and weighed in on how the program has grown over the years. “While the Shakespeare Festival has always been a part of the TPS curriculum, it has become a much more dramatic opportunity for our students,” Emily shared. “Kids go from not knowing the difficult language of Shakespeare to being able to speak it and perform it. And I love the props they’ve created, and the music that was added this year.”

Thank you to everyone who attended the festival and helped make it happen, and a special thank you to the play directors––teachers David D’Altorio and  Nicole Seltzer and student Mollie Kenney for Twelfth Night  and teachers Lacey Boland and Noel Yee for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Below are links to a zillion photos kindly taken by Kate RIccardi.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream



Twelfth Night