Filmmaker Kate Kline May began teaching drama as a volunteer in her own children's ethnically diverse public elementary school in 1991. Working with fourth through sixth graders and their ... See full summary »
Filmmaker Kate Kline May began teaching drama as a volunteer in her own children's ethnically diverse public elementary school in 1991. Working with fourth through sixth graders and their teachers, May created a unique in-class performing arts program. The program attracted national attention, gaining continued funding and more than 1,000 students in four years. This documentary captures scenes from 10 weeks in two classes of the Shakespeare Project at Malcolm X Public School in Berkeley during preparation for a performance of Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream." Diverse in age and ethnic background and coming in many cases from troubled homes and neighborhoods, the student performers put aside their differences and problems, finding their own lives reflected in Shakespeare's timeless themes. Written by
I participated in this play/documentary about 12 years ago. I played Bottom in Shakespeare's A Midsummers Night Dream. Ms Kline-May is a wonderful director. She has true passion in her work, and she expects that from the actors/actress also. I loved working with her and would do it again in a heart beat. Because of her and NOCCA(New Orleans Center of Creative Arts) I have love for my craft. In my opinion this is a very hard thing to do. To take a bunch of 4th and 5th graders whom most never acted before and teach them how to love and act out one of the most influential writers ever, that is dedication. Check out this documentary. It wont cost you that much and you wont be disappointed.
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