OLD TURNPIKE SCHOOL STUDENTS TREATED TO A NEW TAKE ON THE CLASSIC SHAKESPEARE PLAY “MACBETH”
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey performed an original World War I-era adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic play “Macbeth” for the fifth through eighth grades at Old Turnpike School (OTS) in Tewksbury Township on Friday, February 17.
Eight professional actors from the Madison-based theatrical company performed the grim tragedy in full costume complete with period sets and props.
“It is an appropriate cultural event for students to be exposed to Shakespeare in a live program,” said OTS principal Kenneth Wark.
Mr. Wark also said that all the students who attended the performance were prepared in advance for the program, and that a number of sixth grade students are currently engaged in reading “Macbeth” for their Language Arts classes. “They talked about this quite a bit in class prior to the performance,” said Mr. Wark.
The assembly, which took place in the school’s gymnasium, was funded by the Tewksbury Education Foundation (TEF) and met both state and District core curriculum standards.
“Our current Education Director is always looking for a way to introduce live theater into schools, kindergarten through high school, because many kids go all the way through school without ever having seen a live performance,” said Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey actor Craig Bazan. “We come to schools so everybody can say they saw a live show before graduating.”
Additional information on the program, the TEF and other TEF programs can be found at www.tewksburytef.org or on FACEBOOK.