The PANDEMIC PERSISTS
BUT SO DO WE !
...because we really mean it when we say
" IF I CAN DO SHAKESPEARE,
I CAN DO ANYTHING! "
With undaunted drive and optimism,
we are excited to launch our innovative
for students in Performing Arts and Production Design
for a spectacular season in 2020/21...
LAUSD closures on March 13, 2020 impacted all of us, particularly devastating our 4th and 5th graders who were days away from final performance. Many tears were shed.
Determined to model a healthy and creative way to deal with difficult circumstances, we took the program online on March 24, 2020, with instruction in performing solo and collaboratively for the camera, plus DIY lighting and costuming.
The Young Shakespeareans of John Adams Middle School and their Teaching Artists
seamlessly continued their workshops with on Zoom.
The challenge was significant, but with everyone's continued enthusiasm and determination, our season closed with an online, touching performance of "Romeo & Juliet".
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"I've been participating in TYS for 3 years now. It's had an influence on all aspects of my life.
I used to be a very shy, soft spoken person, who really didn't participate. Now when I start talking, people have a hard time quieting me down - theatre was a major confidence boost in my self esteem.
The whole experience has made me a more comfortable public speaker, and I am capable of having a mature conversation with adults. For instance, I've performed at a few benefits and represented TYS to outside organizations. I’ve also shot documentary footage interviewing younger students, and lobbied my principal at John Adams Middle School to bring in TYS.
The Young Shakespeareans has helped me recognize my potential for success and as we say,
If I can do Shakespeare I can do anything!”
Emily, 7th grade