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Atlanta Shakespeare Company/American Shakespeare Tavern

School Program Focuses on Language

The New American Shakespeare Tavern logoThe Atlanta Shakespeare Company is offering a 50-minute program for schools titled “Shakespeare: The Language That Shaped a World” focusing on William Shakespeare's lasting impact on the English language.

Four ASC professional actors will bring a collection of Shakespeare's most famous characters to life while simultaneously providing students with essential knowledge about the life of the world's most beloved playwright and his impact on the language that we speak today. Whether as an introduction to Shakespeare's work or as a supplement to current classroom study, this program is appropriate for grades 6–12.

Set-up is simple: The school provides the space (a stage or auditorium works best) and the actors take care of the rest. The actors also are available for a 10-minute Q&A session with the students after each performance.

Schools can book this program by contacting Tony Brown at Additionally, special performances of this production will be played on the Shakespeare Tavern stage Nov. 20–21 and April 23–25. Tickets are available for purchase by clicking here.

This is one of two school programs the Atlanta Shakespeare Company offers. Shakespeare 4 Kids by Erin Hurley Sheffield with music by Andrew Kane (a show originally produced at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival) is a 55-minute performance specifically geared toward elementary school students. A production filled with music, mayhem, some friendly sock puppets, crazy costumes, a magic “plot easel” named Pleasel, and a special show robot (aptly named “Sho-bot”), it offers a dynamic (sometimes wacky) and fun-filled way to get students excited about learning the classics.

Through December, the S4K program will focus on A Midsummer Night's Dream. In February, the focus will be Romeo and Juliet.

Special performances of these productions will also be held on the Shakespeare Tavern stage: SK4 A Midsummer Night's Dream on Dec. 6 and 13; SK4 Romeo and Juliet Feb. 7 and 14. Purchase tickets to Midsummer here. Purchase tickets to Romeo and Juliet here.

November 20, 2014

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