P.S. 124 fifth graders got a little bit louder in the aisles while performing Shout as part of their version of A Midsummer Nights Dream Friday.
Chinatown dancers add a little funk to Shakespeare
An unusual performance of Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream was held last Friday at P.S.124 in Chinatown. And it was obvious to the delighted children filling the schools auditorium that this was not your fathers Shakespeare.
Over 100 fifth graders bright blue, yellow, orange and green tee-shirts, filled the stage and both aisles for the very modern interpretation of the Bards classic. Different classes represented different portions of the play, including Greek gods and goddesses, trees of the forest and love and betrayal.
The Ultimate Shakespearience was the year-end celebration of the National Dance Institute, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1976 by the world-renowned, New York City Ballet dancer Jacques DAmboise to bring dance education programs to city schools.
An actor playing Shakespeare, center, introduced The Ultimate Shakespearience to the audience.
The first dance, a fight scene between lovers Hernia and Lysander, was performed to the tune of Aretha Franklins Respect. When Puck took the stage to spread love dust, the character of Shakespeare sang a rocking version of Love Potion Number 9. And, when the lovers briefly part, the children in the aisles sang Lets Call The Whole Thing Off.
Gina Carlette, an N.D.I. teacher and choreographer, said the students have participated the entire school year. We started the early steps in October, she said, and each class was held once a week since then.