Seventh grade English class performs Shakespeare

Abby Whittredge’s seventh grade English class is currently doing a unit on drama. As a part of this unit, the class is reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. Each person was assigned a role, and the class is interpreting and acting out the play.

Students watch as their fellow classmates make their way up to the front of the room in preparation to act out the second scene of the first act of the play. In this scene, craftsmen are planning a play to perform at the wedding of King Theseus and Queen Hippolyta. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students watch as their fellow classmates make their way up to the front of the room in preparation to act out the second scene of the first act of the play. In this scene, craftsmen are planning a play to perform at the wedding of King Theseus and Queen Hippolyta. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
A group of students stands in line during the first part of the scene. Students were instructed to never allow their backs to face the audience; each time an actor showed his or her back, students watching the scene were encouraged to say “Cut!” in order to allow actors to change how they performed the scene. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
A group of students stands in line during the first part of the scene. Students were instructed to never allow their backs to face the audience; each time an actor showed his or her back, students watching the scene were encouraged to say “Cut!” in order to allow actors to change how they performed the scene. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Actors listen as the student who played Nick Bottom, a weaver, read his lines. A Midsummer Night’s Dream was originally performed between 1592 and 1596 in England. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Actors listen as the student who played Nick Bottom, a weaver, read his lines. A Midsummer Night’s Dream was originally performed between 1592 and 1596 in England. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
A table of students laughs while observing a scene in the play. William Shakespeare is known for including elements of comedy in his plays; such as a joke about the French king in this scene of the play. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
A table of students laughs while observing a scene in the play. William Shakespeare is known for including elements of comedy in his plays; such as a joke about the French king in this scene of the play. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
English teacher Abby Whittredge demonstrates how a group of lines by the character Nick Bottom must be read. Most of Shakespeare’s plays were performed at the Globe Theater located in England.  Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
English teacher Abby Whittredge demonstrates how a group of lines by the character Nick Bottom must be read. Most of Shakespeare’s plays were performed at the Globe Theater located in England. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students read along as the scene is performed. Teacher Abby Whittredge provided books for the students, but some opted to purchase a copy of the play that included the lines translated into more modern English. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students read along as the scene is performed. Teacher Abby Whittredge provided books for the students, but some opted to purchase a copy of the play that included the lines translated into more modern English. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh grader Ben Lantz assists actors in the blocking out of the scene by providing ideas about where and how they should stand. Blocking determines where and how actors should say their lines during a scene. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh grader Ben Lantz assists actors in the blocking out of the scene by providing ideas about where and how they should stand. Blocking determines where and how actors should say their lines during a scene. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

English teacher Abby Whittredge joins the actors on stage to suggest how a conversation between Quince and Bottom should be read. Quince is attempting to convince Bottom to play the part of Pyramus, while Bottom has his heart set on playing every single part in the play. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
English teacher Abby Whittredge joins the actors on stage to suggest how a conversation between Quince and Bottom should be read. Quince is attempting to convince Bottom to play the part of Pyramus, while Bottom has his heart set on playing every single part in the play. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

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