Teamwork between a Shakespeare festival and high school students brings plays to life, and introduces the students to some of the great works of English language literature.
A partnership between Seaside High School and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival included interactive workshops, visiting actors, and theatrical performances. Earlier this month, the school was visited by actors and teaching artists Kristin Hammargren and David Huynh. They put on a literature program for all students which featured scenes from “The Servant of Two Masters” by Carlo Goldoni, “Upstairs Downstairs”, the balcony scene from “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare, and “Trying to Find Chinatown” by David Henry Hwang.
The following day, the actors used simple props and presented a condensed version of “Hamlet”. They also presented other workshops which were primarily attended by English department students.
Their visit was the finale of the Visit Partnership Program for the high school and the festival, coupled with a student trip to the festival in Ashland, Oregon.
“This is an invaluable partnership,” Seaside English teacher Susan Baertlein said. The caliber of expensive training that the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and its actors offered to the students would simply not have been available.