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Middle School Students Present Shakespeare Festival

Rudy Brandl

Students in grades 6-8 provided a memorable morning of entertainment at last Friday’s Middle School Shakespeare Festival. The event was so grand that it required two locations – the amphitheatre and the Berry Performing Arts Center.

The day began with sixth graders reciting 22 of the 154 sonnets written by Shakespeare. Christopher Gray ’29 provided the introduction and his classmates followed, mostly in pairs, with recitations in the amphitheatre. Seventh graders in Ms. Bess Gildersleeve’s classes followed by reciting a series of speeches from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, one of his classic romantic comedies. Jordan Barker ’28 began this segment with an introduction.

After a short break, the action moved indoors to the PAC where the eighth graders in Ms. Dorri Ramati’s Engligh classes delighted the audience with their performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Leading players included Coco Lee ’27, Anousheh Nazir ’27, Rewa Gandhi ’27, Anisa Sidhu ’27, Kimberly Zhang ’27, Jayda Richter ’27 and Alyssa Ji ’27. 

Congratulations to the students and their teachers for their collaboration and efforts to continue the Shakespeare tradition at W+H!