Students from Cornerstone Christian Academy perform a Shakespeare play as part of the 14th Annual Shakespeare Festival.

Photo courtesy of Beth Fedor

After a school-wide, month-long study of the works of William Shakespeare, Conerstone Christian Academy recently hosted the 14th-Annual Shakespeare Festival.

The entire student body, from kindergarten through fifth grade, devoted the month of April to studying William Shakespeare in anticipation of participating in the long-held school tradition; younger grades listened to summaries of Shakespearean tales read aloud by teachers and memorized sonnets and dialogues, middle-grade students read prose abridgments of plays, while fifth and sixth graders ventured into the original texts.

Hands-on activities engaged students in the culture of Elizabethan era; its architecture, clothing, food, pastimes, and occupations, while timelines enabled students to relate incidents in the plays to real-life events from various historical epochs. 

While students learned their lines and rehearsed their performances, a determined team of parents and older siblings labored behind the scenes, creating and fitting costumes, building and decorating sets, selling tickets, designing the event’s playbill, and directing the staging.

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