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Superheroes give annual Shakespeare Festival a fresh perspective for students
On Friday, 135 students from the school district gathered at the Jaffrey Meetinghouse for the 22nd annual Shakespeare Festival.
“It’s a way to make Shakespeare fun,” Horne said. “Who wouldn’t want an excuse to dress up as Thor?”
Don Pedro’s’ rebellious brother Don John was portrayed as Thor’s rebellious brother Loki by Autumn Bennett.
“Harley Quinn was corrupted by the Joker just like we have Margaret corrupted by Borachio (in Much Ado About Nothing),” said 18-year-old Drew Whipple of Rindge, who portrayed Leonato as Marvel comic book character Nick Fury.
Retired teachers Marjorie Margolis and Marcea Gustafson, who helped found the festival, said the festival has had a unifying effect on the school district and it is now a beloved tradition.
“This hooked them and often turned them around about school and what they can do. It’s a big confidence builder,” Margolis said.
“It’s one of those times when a fourth-grader or third-grader can see a 12th-grader and they are on the same team. There’s no competition other than putting it out there,” Early said. “This is truly what learning and thinking and creating is. It’s kids working with each other … What’s better than a student who has confidence?”