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“Put Up Thy Sword!”

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By Alex Haglund

The Washington County Arts Council and the Nashville Public Library will be presenting “Much Ado About Nothing” by Stone Soup Shakespeare on Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Park in Nashville, but Nashville Community High School English classes got a bit of preview of the works of the immortal bard on Wednesday, May 6, when four member of Stone Soup came to their classes to hold a workshop.

“All the freshman classes read ‘Romeo and Juliet’, and all of the sophomore classes read ‘Julius Caesar’,” said NCHS English teacher Jenny Olson. “We love Shakespeare!”

Olson played host to Stone Soup members Julia Stemper, playing “Beatrice” in “Much Ado”, Ken Miller, playing “Benedict”, Emily Grteen playing “Hero” and “Dogberry”, and Jeri Frederickson, the play’s director.

Also visiting Olson’s classroom were students from other classes, including Christina Robinson’s class Senior World Literature Class, who were reading “The Taming of the Shrew.”

Of the Stone Soup members, Stemper took the lead in interacting with the students. They started off by describing some the world Shakespeare plays were seen in: 16th century England.

For More, Please Read The May 13, 2015 Edition Of The Nashville News.

Julia Stemper, center, leads NCHS students from Mrs. Olsen’s English I and Mrs. Robinson’s Senior World Literature classes in acting out the Shakespearian “warrior” archetype, swords thrust in the air, shields across their chests.

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