Fourth Annual San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival
Video highlights of this year's festival
This past Sunday the San Diego Shakespeare Society presented its Fourth Annual Student Shakespeare Festival. As I mentioned it was not a film event but it did boast many fine performances and celebrated Shakespeare's ability to still capture young imaginations so I couldn't resist including it on my blog. With approximately 400 students performing on five stages in Balboa Park, it was a fitting way to celebrate the anniversary of the Bard's birthday. Although I didn't see any really young performers (no kindergarteners this time out), there were students as young as third grade and as old as high school seniors. The five stages drew large and enthusiastic crowds as people strolling down the Prado were treated to scenes from "A Midsummer's Night Dream" (multiple versions of the Mechanics scene), "Macbeth" (I think that was the most popular source for scenes), and such favorites as "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Taming of the Shrew." I have a few video highlights to share. Above was the most innovative staging of the afternoon, Valhalla High School's Macbeth in which the performers used giant puppets. I interviewed some of the performers about the unique production that also incorporated Arabic, Russian and Spanish.