Shakespeare on Tour
The Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts brings a touring Shakespeare performance to the theatre each spring for a series of performances, reaching all students in one high school grade level. The program exposes students to a live theatrical performance of one of Shakespeare's classic works, which they may not have the opportunity to experience otherwise. The program inspires cutlural awareness and encourages a greater appreciation of live theatre. For the spring 2014 production all of Worcester Public Schools 10th graders will experience Macbeth.
The Hanover Theatre, located at 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, opened in 2008 following a $32 million dollar restoration and has welcomed more than one million visitors since, presenting more than 150 world-class performances annually, ranging from touring Broadway musicals to concerts, comedy, family shows and community performances.
For the touring Shakespeare, the threatre presents three performances over two days, in order to retain a smaller audience at each performance and therefore a more intimate connection between performers and audience.
The program focuses on those of Shakespeare's works that are taught in high school level English curriculum. Specific benefits accruing to participants include a better understanding of lambic pentameter and an ability to comprehend and interpret Elizabethan dialect; a sense of the universality of Shakespeare's themes and how they are equally relevant today; and an ability to observe, identify and appreciate Shakespeare's classic works, themes and characters.
Participating students will have experienced the transformative power that only live theatrical performance can convey; understand the importance of engaging in cultural activities, and participating in society in an active way; and gain a better understanding of Shakespearean language, themes and characters, all of which are equally relevant today.
Additional support of this program offered by The Alden Trust, WEDF, The Hermann Foundation and The Hanover Theatre.