Throughout the week, New School Montessori 4th, 5th and 6th graders performed a 25-minute version of William Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet” for numerous audiences.
Since September, these student actors have been studying and practicing in their after-school Shakespeare club. They have worked with their club leaders, Jeff Groh and Laura Slanker, and have also dug deep into their characters by exploring the story with visiting actors from The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.
After one of the students’ performances, Ken and Carol Adelman (grandparents of 3 TNSM students) discussed the play with New School elementary children. Ken and Carol lead a company called Movers & Shakespeares where they execute development and leadership training for executives using Shakespeare’s plays. Ken explained to the children, “Shakespeare understood people and what they do. He knew that families fight and young people fall in love…We can learn how to act and how not to act through stories.”