- June 12, 2013
For the past 18 years, the fourth- through sixth-graders of NewGate International Montessory School have put their acting skills to the test as they perform a Shakespearean comedy for their friends and family. On Friday, Nov. 15, the 9- to 12-year-olds performed Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night, or What You Will” on an outdoor stage at the school.
“It feels pretty cool,” said Andrew Halperine when asked how it feels to be a part of the tradition. Halperine played Valentine in this year’s Shakespearean comedy.
At the dress rehearsal, students shared tips for aspiring actors like themselves:
“Practice … a lot,” said Matthew Bogard, who plays Sir Toby. “Also, put your heart into it … if you try your best, you’ll do good.”
And, although some students took center stage, other students played important roles behind the scenes. Stage Manager Camille Farris says her role was tricky because she had to make sure everyone was in place.
NewGate’s past productions include “The Taming of the Shrew,” “The Comedy of Errors” and a “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” However, this year’s cast and crew said this has been their favorite production. As for their favorite part, everyone agreed on the scene with Molvolio’s (Aiden Pearson) yellow socks.
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