Quakertown finds fun way to learn about Shakespeare

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Quakertown Community High School AP and Honors Literature students participate in a workshop before professional actors perform Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

A touch of Broadway came to Quakertown Community High School as professional actors led workshops for more than 100 students and then performed Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “Many students never get to see something like this, so it was really cool to be exposed to it,” QCHS senior Emma Geiser said after participating in the workshops. “It brings Shakespeare to another level.” Classmate Jenny Starzecky added, “Everyone in our class was really going for it. It was fun to see all of us doing this.” Jenny said working with the actors “helped us make a connection with Shakespeare, rather than just reading his work.” English teacher Nick Burch wrote the grant that brought the Linny Fowler WillPower Tour, the centerpiece of DeSales University-based Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, to the high school. “Our kids really love this experience,” Mr. Burch said.