Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Shakespeare Comes to Schools ; Henderson County Elementary Students Get an Education on the Bard

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Shakespeare Comes to Schools ; Henderson County Elementary Students Get an Education on the Bard

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As a young prince and his friend await outside a castle, the clock strikes midnight and a ghost appears. The ghost, as played by Sophia O'Dell wearing a sheer white sheet, beckons for Hamlet to follow. Adjusting his yellow felt crown, Jamie Arnold starts after O'Dell, but is warned by his friend Horatio, played by Zoe Wallace, that "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark."

The scene from William Shakespeare's famous, tragic play "Hamlet" was recreated not on the stage, but in a Cairo Elementary third-grade classroom Wednesday afternoon. The interactive workshop was put on by the Kentucky Shakespeare education department.

Throughout this week, Kentucky Shakespeare is visiting each elementary school in Henderson County to educate young students about the English playwright and his works. Not every student learns the same way, so the group's mission is to provide accessible drama education to all learners by tailoring its programs.

Professional actors Tony Milder and Megan Massie with Kentucky Shakespeare put on the program "Inspecting Shakespeare," which is geared at students in grades four through 12, Wednesday afternoon at Cairo.

"It's kind of like a good general overview of Shakespeare and his time and work," Milder explained.

During an assembly held in the gym, the pair of actors explained to the intermediate-aged kids how Shakespeare had written 37 plays and coined thousands of words still used today like "bedroom" "puked" and "swagger."

Donning both period-appropriate costumes and more modern threads, Milder and Massie acted out scenes from the tragedy "Hamlet," the comedy "Twelfth Night" and the historical piece "Richard III. …

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