Thank you, Denise Limon for the photos!
Thank you, Denise Limon for the photos!
The classic Shakespearean tale of a king who wanted power so badly he would stop at nothing..
Shows are Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19. Doors open at 5:30: come early to get a good seat. Tickets are $5. You may buy tickets at the door or use this form to pre-order and we’ll hold your tickets at the door until 5:50.
6th, 7th, and 8th graders have worked for months to prepare the show, and this year we have been thrilled to add stagecraft and costuming to our program with the amazing Sarah Shores and Kathie Stokes working with our students to make this the best Brewer Shakespeare extravaganza yet!
With music from Brewer students, this will be a wild ride!
Big News: The dramaturgy class has decided that the spring Shakespeare play will not be Othello, but instead Macbeth (the Scottish play). They decided it was a better story for our community and our time.
Macbeth is a story of a man who hears a prophecy that he will become king and then becomes obsessed with the idea, even going so far as to murder those who stand in his way. The play has nearly forty roles, including kings, princes, murderers, ghosts, witches, and soldiers. It’s going to be a ton of fun and a ton of work. Rehearsals will be held Tuesdays and Fridays, 3:05-5:00, in the second semester. Larger parts will attend more rehearsals.
First auditions will be held from 3:05-4:15 on Thursday, December 15, and Friday, December 16 in Room 23 (Ms. Maiuri’s room). Sign up on Ms. Maiuri’s door for a time slot.
Please come prepared with a memorized monologue. You may choose one from Macbeth, one from another Shakespeare play such as Othello or King Lear, or a memorized poem or speech. See Schoology for a couple of monologues from Macbeth that you can use if you want.
I can’t wait! 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are strongly encouraged to audition.
6th graders who returned permission slips will be going to see Othello this week. Pilots go on October 5th and Pathfinders go on October 7th.
Please review field trip instructions carefully! Students should be at MacArthur BART by 8 am and will return to MacArthur BART by 3 pm.
If you can chaperone or have any questions, please contact your child’s English teacher.
Ms. Maiuri is excited to announce a partnership with Cal Shakes for an in-depth design and dramaturgy study of Othello, open to all 7th and 8th grade students. This is a design class, not a performance class. The class meets 3:10-5:00 Tuesdays and Fridays and is valid for academic credit.
During the first 12 weeks of the semester, students will meet with designers and actors in two simultaneous productions of Othello and will work with the professionals to create a director’s notebook for the play. Students will also see two versions of the play, one by Cal Shakes and one by Marin Shakes. During the final 6 weeks, students will learn stagecraft as they design and build sets and costumes for the spring show.
Please see Ms. Maiuri for more information and to sign up during the first week of school.
Thursday and Friday, May 12th and 13th in the Gym.
Come see our students who have worked for five months to memorize and interpret Shakespeare’s play about an old king struggling to pass his kingdom off to his three daughters. Plotting, murder, mayhem abound. (Scenes of theatrical death may make this inappropriate for very young children.)
Our students look forward to performing for you! Reserve tickets in advance with a drama student! Free for teachers and staff!
Thank you Ms. Maiuri!
An excerpt from a Z Space / Word for Word Youth Arts performance by Edna Brewer Middle School students: “Emperador’s New Clothes” from Red Ridin’ in the Hood by Patricia Santos Marcantonio & Renato Alarcao.
They get on their feet, and give their own shape to the text—in their bodies, their voices, their exchanges with each other. Jana’s kids discover that even the strange language of Shakespeare’s plays can become familiar, can become their own.
Click to see the video: Cal Shakes and Edna Brewer Middle School — Find kids learning here.