On Tuesday, May 7th, students from Wilcox County Elementary School and Wilcox County Middle School were treated to a special performance in the high school gym. The Wilcox County Arts Council sponsored a presentation called Speak the Speech, featuring the talented Allen O’Reilly, Education Director at Georgia Shakespeare in Atlanta.
Mr. O’Reilly asked for students to participate in a game show called Speak the Speech, where the students taking part were asked to identify various plays and characters in them by William Shakespeare. The competition started with five students answering the trivia questions, and after two rounds the two students with the highest score remained. The grand prize was two tickets to see the show Mighty Myths and Legends that Georgia Shakespeare will be performing in July. Prizes for the other participants included pencils, copies of No Fear Shakespeare, and a t-shirt.
After lunch, a small group of 7th grade students were able to attend a workshop that Mr. O’Reilly was presenting. In the workshop the students learned about several Shakespearean insults that were common in the plays, and the students had an opportunity to verbally spar with a partner. The students then were able to put the insults to use in a small swordplay enactment where two students said their insults to each other and briefly sparred with their imaginary swords. Finally, some of the students read parts from Macbeth to see how quickly the group could perform. Both groups completed the reading in less than 45 seconds, and one group managed to take only 32 seconds to complete the task. All of the students enjoyed the extra opportunity to learn about Shakespeare and performing in one of the plays.
WCES and wCMS would like to thank Mr. O’Reilly and the Wilcox County Arts Council for the opportunity to learn more about the famous playwright and some of his works. For more information about Georgia Shakespeare, please visit their website at http://www.gashakespeare.org.