It was a collaborative effort between English Department teachers, Mrs. Jamie Adams and Mrs. Marie Farina to bring Shakespeare, in all his glory, to Archbishop Williams High School. Students were treated to a full length production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Department Chair Mrs. Adams was “thrilled that we were able to provide students with access to live theater through the New England Repertory Theatre’s production. The company did a wonderful job conveying both the comedy of Shakespeare and the beauty of his language.”
Students came prepared to appreciate the work of the Bard. All students were given a play review and a short video overview. Mrs. Fraher’s classes were divided into 5 groups and each group presented a power play and “taught” their act to the rest of the class. Acts were then discussed and a crossword puzzle that was a challenge of “DREAM” plot provided a fun and quick play review. The cafeteria was decorated to “set the mood of the play”, explains Mrs. Fraher, so students were greeted with fairy wings on pillars and a life size Shakespeare cut out. Much to the delight of students, cakes were provided at each lunch that was frosted with a line from the play that aptly encapsulates the theme of the play: “The course of true love never did run smooth.”
The NE Rep’s production was stellar and Mrs. Fraher was thrilled her students found the show to be “awesome”. It was appropriate that Shakespeare was celebrated here at Williams in the month of April (the playwright was born and died in April) as Shakespeare wrote, “April hath put a spirit of youth in everything” and certainly when Shakespeare was in our “house” a lively spirit was in the air as Bishops celebrated this great writer and one of his most beloved comedies.