“When I’m on that stage, I feel like I can be whoever I want to be.” – Civicorps Student
Students wowed the audience on Thursday night with a lively performance of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. We laughed, we wondered what would happen next, and we were inspired as students weaved a tale of forbidden love, escape, betrayal and loyalty.
Last week’s Shakespeare performance is part of a not-for-profit alternative learning program called Midnight Shakespeare. Every year, a group of Civicorps students work with directors from the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s Midnight Shakespeare program to learn a Shakespeare play. Students perform the classic version in the fall and then recreate the play in their own context for a performance in the spring.
This year, Civicorps students selected the play Cymbeline and performed it with pizzazz and the audience loved it!
“I think it says a lot about the program to see so many returning students participating in Shakespeare for a second, third, or fourth time,” said Service Learning and Support Coordinator, Kerrin McKenney, who assisted with the production. “In a pep talk before the final performance, a few of the returners reminded the group why they started in the first place: when they’re on stage, the students can jump into other lives, create their own characters, and express themselves in a completely new way.”
Students who performed in the play walked away not only with some new skills under their belts, but also a newfound sense of confidence:
“I loved being on stage. I plan to come back for all the future Shakespeares,” said Lovell, who played Iachimo, the villain of the story and a crowd favorite.
Check out the video below to see one of the performance’s central scenes, and click here to see photos from the event.