Acting II: Shakespeare in Performance

Building on the base established in Acting I, this course focuses on performance of Classical texts - primarily Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Shakespeare scene work will be approached using the skills and practices of Shakespeare’s own actors. Students will work as a self directed ensemble and advance their skills of text analysis, study of verse vs. prose, and development of character using the script as their starting point. Students will also explore the theatre styles that influenced the Early Modern Playwrights and the styles that developed after the Renaissance. These styles may include Greek Theatre, Commedia Dell'arte, Restoration Theatre, and Melodrama.
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Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236
GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236
717-328-6173