BENEFITING: DELAWARE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL INC
EVENT DATE: Jul 17, 2011
HOURS PLEDGED: 11
"The same things happen today... they didn't have to die."
That's what one student from the DSCYF Snowden Cottage (Ferris Campus) said after seeing Romeo and Juliet. Another said that he used to write and after learning that Shakespeare was not a rich, college educated man, he was going to write again.
These boys, along with nearly 200 other at-risk boys and girls in the past three years, have had the rare opportunity to experience live classical theatre as part of the Delaware Shakespeare Festival program, "The Bridge to Shakespeare's Masterpiece." DSF's artist scholars visit them in their classrooms to prepare them for the play and its meanings and themes such as gang violence, bullying, and abuse of power. The students see the play, free of charge, and enjoy a picnic dinner, just like all the other payng theatre goers that night. After the play, the actors come out in costume to speak directly to the students to hear their thoughts and answer their questions.
A Delaware Family Court Judge asked DSF to start this program because he believes exposure to art and culture can keep at-risk youth from "being outsiders... and can help them feel like they belong to the large society of humanity." He added, "Shakespeare particularly lends itself because so many of the stories transcend the art form and occur across all levels of society. Man has been trying to address problems like jealousy, greed, poverty and violence for centuries."
Art can change lives. Please help change a life by making a contribution to help these kids cross the "bridge" to a better path in life.