Students from Five LI Schools Participate in Annual Shakespeare Festival

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Students from Deer Park High School, North Babylon High School, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, Robert Frost Middle School and Ss. Cyril and Methodius School recently participated in the third Long Island Student Shakespeare Festival, hosted by Deer Park. At the event, students from these high schools and middle schools participated in Shakespeare-related activities and performed scenes from William Shakespeare’s plays “King Lear,” “Hamlet,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Macbeth,” “Julius Caesar” and “Antony and Cleopatra.”  

This year’s guest artist was off-Broadway actor Ian Gould, an acclaimed member of The Acting Company. He performed excerpts from “The Tempest” accompanied by the Deer Park High School Baroque Ensemble, who played selections from Matthew Locke’s incidental music for the play. A small ensemble played music by Shakespeare contemporary Thomas Morley, and students from Five Towns College performed songs from Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me, Kate.”

Dr. Jeff Dailey, director of fine and performing arts and an associate professor of theater education at Five Towns College, began the Long Island Student Shakespeare Festival in 2012 to serve the theater education needs of Nassau and Suffolk students.