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Five professional actors from the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (HVSF) visited Masters over the last two weeks to work with seniors in Upper School English classes.
Focusing on Hamlet, the project began with the actors' performances of a scene done two different ways, followed by sessions in which the actors discussed the choices they made to execute each interpretation of the scene, says Upper School English teacher Lisa Green. The students then worked directly with the actors, who guided them as they presented their own imaginative interpretations of scenes from the Shakespearean tragedy.
On the last day, the students performed their Hamlet scenes for an audience composed of their peers, teachers and the HVSF actors. They then engaged in lively discussions about the different interpretations of character and theme in each version of a given scene from the play.
The students are members of English classes taught by Dr. Green, Bob Cornigans, Miriam Emery, Miguel Segovia and Paul West. The English Department first collaborated with HVSF on this project in 2007, and the program has since become an annual fall tradition at Masters.