By Serena Cheng
On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, all of the senior literature classes took a trip to the Alex Theater in Glendale to watch the production, “Shakesperience.” The play featured scenes from famous Shakespearean tragedies, like Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Hamlet, and A Midsummer’s Night Dream. The scenes were performed by many talented actors, one of whom is our own theater teacher, Mr. Eick. The play started off with a loud round of applause as the audience was introduced to the cast of the play and the humorous jokes of the charismatic narrator. The audience, which ranged from elementary school kids to high schoolers, found the scenes entertaining. The actors gave each scene a modern touch and their creative delivery showed students a new way to approach Shakespeare.
Most seniors in the English courses are currently studying the works of Shakespeare and having the opportunity to see the scenes of theses plays gave seniors a chance to see a dynamic representation of Shakespeare’s work. The chance to see the performances of these great actors and these scenes from these great plays also allowed students to view Shakespeare’s work in a different perspective and interpretation. After reading Shakespeare in class, seniors are learning that one of the many beauties of these plays is the fact that even though they were written many years ago for a different audience, the many diverse interpretations and readings of Shakespeare’s work allows a sense of relatability for the modern audience. Not only are seniors learning that Shakespeare’s tragedies are relatable and entertaining for a multitude of audiences, seniors were fortunately able to create a memorable and fond memory of Shakespeare, making the process of reading and studying his works less intimidating.
Overall, the performance was outstanding and the students who acted alongside Mr. Eick were stellar. Senior Suma Gudipati, “enjoyed the play and the upbeat spirit the performers carried with them on stage.” When asked what her favorite scene from play was, senior Melody Wang responded by stating, “All performances were amazing. I really commend all the actors and actresses brave enough to perform in front of hundreds of their peers and hundreds more students from other schools. The scene that I related to the most was Hamlet as we are currently reading the play in my AP English Literature class, and being able to see the play performed really made the scene come alive.”
All future seniors should look forward to the Shakesperience production as it not only showcases the talent of many actors and actresses. some of whom go to La Canada High, but also helps to create an appreciation for the works of Shakespeare.
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