We spend a week with the Ancients – blending our favorite myths together with similar references in Shakespeare’s plays.
In earlier times, human eyes looked both above and below for help and guidance. Our stories involved the lineage and hierarchies of the Gods and Goddesses of Sky and Sea. With a strong internal need to understand from whence we came, we on earth told stories to create order from chaos. Our early Origin stories became increasingly complex and sophisticated, strongly influencing our beliefs today. Greece and Rome took domination over the rest of the world for a time – the perspectives of Plato, Epicurus, Ovid, Seneca highly influencing future playwrights. Shakespeare becomes educated in Greek and Roman mythology – choosing Ovid as a strong inspiration for his plays.
Our Favorite Myths Shared
In a round robin, the group shares their favorite myths by re-telling their understanding of the myth and exploring why the story resonates.
Myths and Conspiracies about Shakespeare
Our favorite topic! We look at myths and conspiracies around Shakespeare. Why are there conspiracies abounding around the Bard? For 2021, the big topic is: How to critically approach a claim, an allegation, and a full fledged conspiracy theory!
The Mythic Inspiration for Hamlet
And it might not be what most people think. We will tell the story of Orestes and draw comparisons to the more modern Hamlet.
Our plays may include:
- Love’s Labours Lost (Greek Play Within a Play)
- Troilus and Cressida (Trojans vs Greeks)
- Cymbeline (visitation of Jupiter and the Oracle)
- Hamlet (as inspired by Orestes)
GRADES 2 through 8 (Fall 2021)
July 26 – 30
Monday through Friday – 10 am to 3 pm
We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!