Shakespeare 
It's 

Elementary

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Shakespeare It’s Elementary, designed for students grades 4-6, delivers a shot of adrenaline to English Language Arts curriculum, by engaging students to produce an entire Shakespeare play. There is a role for every child that will push the limits of their own literacy, creativity and collaboration. Students are introduced to vocabulary, storytelling, design, movement, history and character development. SIE culminates in a fully produced play at a professional theater, creating an inspiring festival atmosphere. In Addison County, the final performance is at Town Hall Theater. Watch the video below to learn more about the program.

Shakespeare It's Elementary Fast Facts

  • Over 100 kids work together to produce a full-length Shakespeare play over the course of a school semester

  • Thousands of students & teachers have participated through four school districts

  • 10-week program during the school day

  • Student-led production, giving students ownership of the text and sense of responsibility

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"Courageous Stage's work is transformative for our students. Their impact reaches beyond literacy and English Language classrooms. I see the confidence, collaboration, and enthusiasm pour over into the rest of the school day. School should be like this everyday!"

-Linda Horn, Math Teacher Leader,
Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union

Past Events

Shakespeare It's Elementary
2021

Our triumphant return to in-person performances Town Hall Theater! We observed all the COVID protocols and everyone had a great time. 

Shakespeare It's Elementary
Oct. 2019

200 students, grades 3-6, participate in Shakespeare It's Elementary classes during their school day! Shakespeare It's Elementary is a 2 month residency that is a part of the English Language curriculum that culminates in a shared performance for the community. We're excited for this new year of the program, and we hope you will come to the final performance, which will take place at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury in early December! 

Shakespeare It's Elementary
Dec. 2019

The show is ready! Tech and dress at Town Hall Theater went great. What a fantastic festival with ACSD schools yesterday! Today, Beeman 3rd-6th graders and Starksboro 5th & 6th graders have come together for their festival. Incredible group of kids and teachers! 

Shakespeare It's Elementary
Mar. 2018

Over 200 learners from Lothrop and Neshobe Elementary schools arrive to Town Hall Theater for their performances of Twelfth Night. An exciting culmination of our 2 month residencies at these schools.  

Shakespeare It's Elementary
Salisbury, Oct. 2019

We're excited to have started our classes for the semester at Salisbury for the third year in a row. We love their amazing team of teachers, administrators, and most of all - students!