Missed Shakespeare Live?

Didn't have the opportunity to see the 8th grade's recent Shakespeare plays? You did, but would like to see them again? Well, here are the films, produced by the Middle School Production Team, under the supervision of Thomas Flanagan.



The Plays Are the Thing

The 8th graders are two weeks into rehearsals for their upcoming Shakespeare Festival. They will be performing Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Says teacher Emily Marston, "We are so lucky once again this year to have Brooke Behmke join us for Shakespeare. Brooke is an actor and father of twin daughters in the third grade. He has extensive Shakespeare experience, as well as training in stage combat and choreography. This is his fifth year with us, and we are so grateful."

There are daytime and evening performances. Students will attend the daytime plays, and parents are invited to the evening performances.

Thursday, February 23, at 7:00 p.m. for Julius Caesar
Friday, February 24, at 7:00 p.m. for A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Enjoy the photos taken by Jules N., Student Council photographer and fellow actor.




Road Trip for Shakespeare

Eighth grade teachers Emily Marston and Ashley Opalka have been on a road trip.

Destination? Stratford, Canada, where they have been immersing themselves in all things Shakespeare in preparation for next February's Shakespeare Festival at TPS. 

At the Stratford Festival they have seen HamletTaming of the ShrewLove's Labour's Lost, and The Adventures of Pericles.

Day 3: Mini-Course Highlights

Seventh grade student blogger Sophie B. shares highlights from the third day of Middle School mini-courses.

"Today I had a double period of Shakespeare in Film taught by 8th grade teacher Emily Marston. Yesterday we had spent an hour watching and taking notes on The Tempest, and over the next two days we will spend three hours watching and taking notes on Much Ado About Nothing. There are so many good movies to watch and understand! Today we watched the Kenneth Branagh version of Much Ado. We had to answer several questions: 'What is the setting?' 'What cinematic effects are used?' 'How do these cinematic effects help convey foreshadowing or backstory?' 'Did this interpretation help enhance your understanding of the text?' I thought it was a very good movie, as well as another great day of the mini-course."

Philly Ghost Tours

Students in the Philly Ghost Tours mini-course have been reading famous ghost stories and spooky legends from Philadelphia. Today the group walked to Rittenhouse Square and read aloud spooky local tales.