Program at LI Elementary School
the 1999-2000 school year The Shubert Elementary School has been
engaged in an innovative after school theatre program. Under the
leadership of founder Joseph A. DeLeo, The Shubert Shakespearean
Players have developed an outstanding dramatic ensemble. Focusing
exclusively on the works of William Shakespeare, students gain
a deeper understanding and appreciation of the world’s most important
playwright. To reach the readiness to perform, students are guided
towards an understanding of the universal commonality of human
feelings and emotions inherent in Shakespeare’s works.
With Board of Education approval in 1999, The Shubert Shakespearean
took its first steps as a fledgling after school drama club. Shakespeare’s
popular play, Romeo and Juliet, became director DeLeo’s
initial attempt at staging a serious drama along with co-director
Kimberley Wood and set designer Jeff Smith. Set in Verona, New
Jersey in the Disco 70s, this production became an instant success
with students, teachers and parents alike. Shubert’s PTA honored
each one of its young stars with a mini Tony Award. A generous
grant from The Baldwin Foundation for education will allow The
National Shakespearean Company to take residency at the Shubert
Elementary School in the upcoming 2002-2003 school year.#
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