‘What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men …… That is what love looks like.’ - St. Augustine

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Yes, Shakespeare with Kids

A couple of you have become facebook friends in recent months and have commented on how much you like reading about my work. I realized how much I tend to shut out my work life on this blog, for the most part. My last post got me thinking about that.

Anyway, I decided it was time to share a glimpse into the other half of my heart.....my work with kids and Shakespeare. Here are a few photos of my students performing over the past few years. We have an outdoor stage by the ocean. The children help build the set and costumes. It's a very magical world, if I do say so myself! Hope you enjoy this peak. This coming summer we are gearing up to do Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet.

A Midsummer Night's Dream ( Puck & Oberon)

A Midsummer Night's Dream   (The Rustics)

Love's Labour's Lost  (Costard and Moth)

Love's Labour's Lost ( Holofernes and Sir Nathaniel)

The Winter's Tale ( Leontes & his son, Mamillius)

Henry V ( Duke of Exeter and Sir Thomas Erpingham & boy)

The Scottish Play ( The three witches)

As You Like It ( Orlando and Rosalind, & Celia)

Scenes from Shakespeare for Little Ones ( Peaseblossom)


  1. How gorgeous! And, I'm asking myself, "Why didn't I do that?" I came pretty close....for so many years, then when I converted to Catholicism, I came to the realization that I was getting from theatre the "highs" that I should get from God. So, I gave it all up, cold turkey, as though it were a drug.

    But mixing it with education might have been a wonderful option. I love teaching, loved directing. Just never thought of it, somehow.

    I love your photos; I'm sure your shows are wonderful! What great opportunities for the kids!

  2. You REALLY need to go watch this video! http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

    At one point in it he says, "Can you imagine Shakespeare as a 7 yr old?" It's a great video very much in support of arts! :)

  3. I LOVE your photos of the children in the plays that you directed. You are so awesome with the kids!! Maybe during the summer, we will take the kids on a road trip up to New England and see one of your outdoor plays - They seems so magical!!;-)
    Of course we have to get O and A home first from Estonia, but we are hoping for April or May court date!!

  4. Awesome pictures and I could see the excitement in their faces.

  5. Just another single-adoptive-mama to a Russian delight who also delights in directing Shakespearean productions with schoolchildren. ;> I wonder how many of us there are out there? I've been doing it in Russia (musicals, too) but am heading home. Hmmm...maybe Rebel Shakespeare needs me? In a year or two?


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