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Shakespeare Residency Program brings English literature to life for CFIS students

CFIS participates in the Shakespeare Residency Program every three years, with the goal that all students will participate in the program once in junior high and again in senior high. This year, all students from grades 7-12 will be engaged in preparing a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Each class is assigned a segment of the play to prepare and given six hours of individualized instruction (Monday to Thursday) to do so. On Friday, September 15, the students will participate in a technical rehearsal in the morning and then will give their final performance in the afternoon. We are thrilled to be able to invite all CFIS Grade 5 and 6 students to attend the final performance, as well as CFIS parents and extended family. The performance will truly be something to behold as students light up the stage with their interpretations of the classic scenes.

This program was brought to CFIS in 2011 due to the identified need of the English department in Secondary to improve reading comprehension and enjoyment of Shakespeare.

Studying Shakespeare is a part of the high school English curriculum, and Shakespearean passages feature heavily on the reading section of the Grade 12 Diploma Exam. Giving our students the ability to understand and enjoy Shakespeare at an early age is important for their success in the higher grades. Quest’s Shakespeare Residency program offers the students a rare hands-on opportunity to experience acting in a Shakespearean play.

This kinesthetic approach to learning difficult language helps improve comprehension as well as public speaking skills. We were excited to have professional actors working with our students and sharing their insight and enthusiasm. In 2011 and again in 2014, our experiences have been wonderful. The atmosphere created through this program is truly conducive to learning and serves as a valuable experience for all.

Also of note, on Wednesday, September 13, there will be a themed dress-up day for the Secondary Division. Students are encouraged to dress up as a character from a Shakespearean play or dress in Elizabethan time period dress. This is not a vesti-choix day; students who choose not to participate in this event are to wear regular uniform on Wednesday.

We hope to see many of you at the final performance on Friday. Once again, it will take place on Friday, September 15, at 1:30 p.m. in the Secondary Division gymnasium. 

Thank you for sharing in our enthusiasm regarding this fantastic learning opportunity for CFIS Secondary Division students!

For more information contact:
Mme. Julie Chrapko