Shakespeare play performed during second period
Today members of the Shakespeare Festival performed a shortened version of the play "The Twelfth Night" in Fairview's auditorium during 2nd period. All senior AP Literature and Composition classes were required to attend as well as a workshop during 3rd or 4th period following the play.
The play "The Twelfth Night" is a long play, however, for the convenience of the Fairview student body they shortened it to 40 minutes. Interestingly, the play has sixteen characters, but only three actors came and were responsible for acting out all sixteen characters. Although this seemed quite difficult, these three unbelievable actors summed up the play perfectly so the audience was engaged and could follow it easily.
Following the play, the actors held a workshop during 3rd and 4th period. In this workshop, although not pertaining entirely to the actual play, parts of the play were related to bullying in the high school community.
The workshop was led by the actors of the play, who also work at University of Colorado's bullying prevention program. First, the students were asked questions about cyber-bullying and if bullying is a common occurrence at Fairview High School. The actors described everyone as a number, on a scale from one to ten, relating to their mood on any given day. A number one, for example, described an unhappy person, with low self confidence. Then students were asked to volunteer to act out a scene in the play that portrayed bullying. This led into a discussion about how to be an active bystander in a bullying situation. The goal of an active bystander is to raise a victim of bullying's number because they know that they are cared about. Finally, the students acted out a bullying situation that they consider common at Fairview, and practiced preventing these situations.
Tying Shakespeare's famous play, "The Twelfth Night", to high school bullying situations has perhaps been the most effective way to reach high school students thus far.