Shakespeare in the City FAQs
What is Shakespeare in the City?
Since 2009, Lincoln School has presented this program to students and teachers in Providence. Lincoln School teacher and Shakespeare in the City founder Martha Douglas-Osmundson gently cuts a Shakespeare play to about an hour and a half running time. Ms. D-O then sends the scripts out to the participating teachers who then scramble to get the scene of their dreams. Throughout the year students and teachers from public, independent, and charter schools rehearse their scenes in their respective schools. We get together for one rehearsal the day before the show, and then it's curtain time!
How many schools are involved?
We started with 10 schools, and word quickly caught on. Last year's show featured over 200 kids from 23 schools. We have had as many as 20 different schools involved. This year's Romeo and Juliet had the biggest cast yet, with 25 schools represented, so a lottery is called for in 2016.
Which schools participate?
Over the years, the following schools have participated in Shakespeare in the City, besides Lincoln School: Roger Williams Middle School, Classical High School, Hope High School, Wheeler School, Sophia Academy, Moses Brown School, Gordon School, Providence Career and Technical Academy, Paul Cuffee School, Central High School, Mt. Pleasant High School, LaSalle Academy, School One, Providence Country Day School, Community Preparatory School, Nathanael Greene Middle School, Nathan Bishop Middle School, Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts, French-American School of Rhode Island, and Gilbert Stuart Middle School. In 2014 we welcomed three new schools: Esek Hopkins Middle School, Meeting Street School, and the Rhode Island School for the Deaf, and we enjoyed welcoming UCap, Alvarez High School, and Ocean State Montessori to our cast this year.
Which plays have you performed?
Starting with Hamlet in 2009, we have produced Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, and Othello.
Where do the students perform?
We have rehearsed and performed Shakespeare in the City at Lincoln School on the East Side of Providence since 2009. Even though Lincoln's lovely auditorium seats 425 people, it cannot hold the enormous audience demanding to see the next Shakespeare in the City production. We are very happy to announce that "Lincoln School Presents Shakespeare in the City" performed at the VETS in 2014, 2015, and we hope to return in 2016!
What if there are more students in a class than available roles in the scene?
Teachers get very creative with this project! You might see 7 Juliets and 8 Romeos in one scene! They share lines, repeat lines, or split up monologues to give lines to each actor. It's very interesting to see how each director will handle the demands of the scene and give everyone a chance to perform.
How can I get my students involved?
Contact Executive Director Martha Douglas-Osmundson at firstname.lastname@example.org for information. We will have to conduct a lottery for this year's show, A Midsummer Night's Dream.