Homeschool Workshop on Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

A homeschoool co-operative based in Thomaston has been working with NBYT Teaching Artists over the past few months to study dramatic works of literature. In two past workshops focusing on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Aristophanes’ The Birds, students have learned about the playwrights, their dramatic style and use of language, the historic setting in which they wrote, and the plot and characters of the play—they’ve even gotten up on their feet and performed scenes from each play. The next workshop in this series will focus on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and it’s now being opened to all homeschoolers.

In the three-hour workshop for ages 10 through 18, students will explore language, characters and themes while focusing on Shakespeare’s popular comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The workshop will place special emphasis on the poetry and precision of the text, the emotional lives of the characters, and the structure and context of the plot, all culminating in an opportunity for students to perform scenes for the class. Study guides will also be provided to all who register.

The structure of this workshop will include:

  • Discussion of the play and its characters
  • Discussion of the language and poetry in performance
  • Discussion of comedy in performance
  • Division into groups to work on scenes
  • Re-grouping to perform scenes

This workshop will be held on Friday, June 8, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (and will include some time for a snack break). The location is the Thomaston Public Library at 148 Main Street in Thomaston. The cost per student is $20.  To register or ask for more information, call 860-515-8115.

If you’re interested, but can’t make it to this workshop, let us know too. If there’s enough interest, we may offer more workshops like this in both Thomaston and New Britain in the fall.

Registration Open for Classes and Homeschool Program

A new term of classes and homeschool programs begin this month at NBYT! Stage Performance is held on Saturday mornings beginning January 21, and Homeschool Enrichment is held on Tuesday mornings beginning January 24. Registration for both programs has already begun for children from any town.

In both Stage Performance and Homeschool Enrichment, children study acting techniques, voice, movement, and improvisation to learn to perform together as a group. Each term, they rehearse scenes chosen especially for the children enrolled and with the input of the children themselves. Small group sizes give each child quality instruction and guarantee that everyone has a featured part in the final performance.

Stage Performance, for ages 6 through 12, is ideal for younger actors, children who want their first experience onstage—or a little more experience—or even older children who aren’t able to audition and rehearse for full productions. The small-scale performance, with simple costumes and props, is held in the last half hour of the final class and is open to family and friends. The program meets on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for eight weeks beginning on January 21.

In Homeschool Enrichment, for ages 4 through 14, children are grouped by age for appropriate instruction and activities, but groups are flexible and subject to enrollment. Discussions about props, costumes and set pieces include making items for their own “Share Day” performance on Wednesday evening of the final week. The new term meets on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for ten weeks beginning on January 24.

For more details, pricing, and printable registration forms for both programs, visit the Programs page of the NBYT website or call 860-515-8115.