‘Macbeth’ Brought to Life

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In mid-May, the words of Shakespeare were brought to life for freshman and sophomore students at Shoreham-Wading River High School. Students were treated to a production of “Macbeth” by the American Globe Theatre as part of the theater’s Shakespeare for Schools program. Coordinated by high school teachers Debbie Dost and Jennifer Nazer, the program sought to portray the tragedy of Macbeth to students in an authentic, educational way.

According to the American Globe Theatre, “Shakespeare's words and characters are presented live – the way that Shakespeare was meant to be experienced – using the First Folio method, a practice of acting and directing believed to be used by Shakespeare's original company.”

At the high school, freshmen traditionally read “Macbeth” as part of the English curriculum. Ms. Nazer said, “To complement the reading this year, we searched for a film version of ‘Macbeth’ that was educational and not just purely about entertainment. When we couldn’t find a suitable version, we found the American Globe Theatre.”

Following the dramatic presentation to students, the actors from the American Globe Theatre took time to talk with students about what they had learned from the performance and how it had enhanced their appreciation and understanding of Shakespeare.