Combating Shakespeare


Debra Klevens

Wielding foam swords, freshmen Sydnee Yap, Betsy Wait and Vaishali Shah reenact a fight scene from act three of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Shah played Tybalt, an angry Capulet. During January, freshman Honors English students immersed themselves in the classic story using modern methods. Besides acting out scenes from the play, the students also watched segments of film adaptations, participated in group discussions and developed ideas for placing the story in historical conflicts. “We aren’t just reading the book, we are getting to put ourselves in the characters’ shoes. It helps me to visualize the story,” Shah said.