Bud­ding thes­pi­ans to per­form the Bard

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News -

YOUNG­STERS from Glapthorn Church of Eng­land School, near Oun­dle, are busy pre­par­ing for their sum­mer pro­duc­tion of Shake­speare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The eight and nine-yearolds took part in a the­atre work­shop last week with the PALS the­atre com­pany to de­velop their char­ac­ters.

All of the chil­dren, from re­cep­tion to year four, are per­form­ing a slightly re­duced ver­sion of Shake­speare’s com­edy about love and mag­i­cal fairies in July with the older chil­dren tak­ing on the lead roles.

They will be busy learn­ing their lines over the next few weeks.

Louise Coulthard, class teacher, said: “This is the best way to in­volve and ex­cite chil­dren about the pro­duc­tion.

“They have re­ally got into their roles and shown a good un­der­stand­ing of the story.

“I am sure they will be work­ing hard to learn their lines and will put on a won­der­ful show.”

Dur­ing the work­shops at the school in Glapthorn young­sters spent the morn­ing re-telling the story of the play in var­i­ous ways.

They also im­pro­vised a num­ber of scenes, in­clud­ing pre­tend­ing their char­ac­ters went on hol­i­day to Aus­tralia, so they could get to grips with their char­ac­ters bet­ter.

Time was also set aside per­fect­ing a dance rou­tine for the fairies with the aim to have them dressed as punks to dance ap­pro­pri­ately for the Fairy King when he or­ders them to.

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