Einstein students prepare for debut on Mondavi Center stage
Albert Einstein Middle School students have been working with a coach from London’s Globe Theatre to prepare for a performance of the Bard’s “Julius Caesar” at the UC Davis Mondavi Center on November 19.
The performance is the result of teacher Peggie Clapper’s selection to participate in a prestigious program for teachers at the Globe, which was built in 1559 by Shakespeare’s acting company.
Clapper’s studies in England are culminating with her students’ performance at the Mondavi.
Led by Clapper, Einstein’s emphasis on Shakespeare has grown over the years from reading excerpts and visiting the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to a comprehensive curriculum that includes both reading and performing his plays before attending the field trip to Ashland.
Currently, Einstein students are working with the Sacramento Theatre Company to mount a full production of “Julius Caesar” at the school.
Last week, Globe Shakespeare expert Fiona Drummond worked with students on their performances.
Drummond led students through theatrical exercises that allowed them to better identify with their characters and lines from “Julius Caesar.”