Monday, July 29, 2013

High School Students Learn about Shakespeare by Delilah Sampson

To prepare for the annual Houston Shakespeare Festival, the School of Theatre and Dance hosted a two-week conservatory that began Wednesday.

The Houston Shakespeare Festival Summer Conservatory is for high school students to attend classes such as Intro to Shakespeare, Stage Combat and Text Analysis to improve their acting, movement and vocal skills.

“We take classes every morning,” said high school senior Leah Hunt. “We have taken a class called Shakespeare Scansion, which is a rundown of iambic pentameter and Shakespeare’s blank verse.”

Classes are taught by some of the HSF actors from this year’s productions, “Antony and Cleopatra” and “As You Like It.”

“It’s cool that we’re being trained by professional actors,” Hunt said. “Shakespeare Scansion was taught by Benjamin Reed, who plays Orlando in ‘As You Like It.’”

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