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WOMS - Warehouse Theatre

posted Apr 1, 2019, 10:58 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC
The English I students at West-Oak Middle School are practicing their "thous" and taking punctuation walks.  They are evaluating social atoms and determining stock character traits.  The students are dissecting a speech into "meat and potatoes" and practicing gestures to fit a scene.

What exactly are they doing?  They are studying Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet under the guidance of teaching artists, Katie Halstensgard and Libby Hawkins, from The Warehouse Theatre's This Wooden O program, which brings the actor's approach to Shakespeare into English Language Arts classrooms across the Upstate.

West-Oak Middle School teachers, Melissa Higgs and Kristen Gray, arranged for the March workshop.  The Warehouse Theatre has been visiting Higgs' English I classes for several years.  This year, the schedule allowed for two eighth grade ELA classes to be exposed to the program.

Higgs says, "It is always fascinating to see the students begin to understand the complex language of Shakespeare.  They grow to appreciate the rhythm and structure of his work."  The students enjoy the opportunity to be fully engaged in a text.  They move and speak throughout the workshop and realize their own acting abilities.

Thanks to generous support from The TD Charitable Foundation, The Warehouse Theatre is able to offer these Shakespeare workshops at a reduced cost to schools.