Budding thespians to perform the Bard
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.