Shakespeare in Shades

Shakespeare in Shades logo2021 Summer Success: After nearly 15 months of the Clarence Brown Theatre stages being dark, the next generation of students helped relight our stages with their final showcase performance for Shakespeare in Shades. It was an evening full of fun and celebration as the Vine Middle School students were able to show off their creativity, talents, and reading work this summer with scenes from three of Shakespeare’s favorite comedies, Twelfth NightThe Tempest, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream to friends and family at the Carousel Theatre. The summer program, a partnership between the CBT, Knox Education Foundation, and Knox County Schools, ran through the whole month of June and was aimed at helping students transition into middle school by improving literacy, boosting confidence, and encouraging teamwork as they work to stage a play. Despite the challenges of operating during a pandemic, these students, KCS teachers, and UT theatre mentors rose to the occasion using their creativity, passion, and perseverance to breathe life into our spaces once again!


SiS videoWhat is Shakespeare in Shades (SiS)?

Shakespeare in Shades is a summer theatre and reading program for rising 6th grade students attending Vine Magnet Middle School and selected return students. Students spend half the day in reading instruction, learning about reader’s theatre and William Shakespeare, and the other half of the day is focused on working together to stage an adaptation of a middle school novel. The program culminates with a showcase performance in the Carousel Theatre for family and friends!

Who is SiS for?

Rising 6th grade students attending Vine Middle Magnet and invited return participants

Where does SiS take place?

Vine Magnet Middle and the Carousel Theatre

Why do we have SiS?

To have the chance to perform on stage, build reading skills over the summer, and make new friends going into middle school!

Other Info:

We provide limited transportation and a free lunch and snack for participants.


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