Shakespeare Festival St Louis - Educational Resources

Educational Resources

The goal of all Festival education programs “In the Schools” is to deepen our community’s appreciation for and connection to Shakespeare, providing only the highest quality theatre education to inspire people of all ages – to creatively engage, explore, and delight in the works of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s poetry and plays are a primary element in any process of lifelong learning. Through the Festival’s education programs, students are challenged and engaged while enhancing their ability to read, watch, and perform Shakespeare.


2014 Study Guides

This collection of resources was developed to accompany our 2014 Education Tour productions of Family of Kings and As You Like It. It contains information and activities you can use in your classroom to prepare your students for the performance, and to follow up with them afterwards.

FAMILY OF KINGS

In 2014, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis takes on the ambitious task of presenting Shakespeare’s “Second Henriad,” which includes both parts of Henry IV as well as Henry V, presented on alternating evenings. The Education Tour will bring all three of these plays to life in less than an hour with a cast of only five actors.

The overarching theme of the Henriad is the transformation of the unruly Prince Hal into the courageous King Henry V. Over the course of the story, Hal is influenced by two opposing father figures: his noble, weary father Henry IV and the jolly, cowardly, plump Sir John Falstaff. Each seek to mold Hal into the man and king he’s destined to become…in their own ways. The conclusion of Hal’s transformation is his rousing, valiant campaign against France. DOWNLOAD STUDY GUIDE

AS YOU LIKE IT

Back for the first time since 2004, As You Like It follows the story of a traditional romantic comedy. It is a tale of love manifested in its varied forms, especially love at first sight, and injustice. DOWNLOAD STUDY GUIDE

Shakespeare on Bullying

The goals of this study guide are to: Help REDUCE existing bullying problems; Help PREVENT the start of new bullying problems; and Help CREATE a safe school environment. DOWNLOAD STUDY GUIDE


Guides on Shakespeare

On Shakespeare and His Times

We know a man named William Shakespeare was baptized at Stratford-upon-Avon on April 26, 1564, and was buried at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford on April 25, 1616. Tradition holds that he was born three days earlier, and that he died on his birthday—April 23—but this is perhaps more romantic myth than fact. Young William was born of John Shakespeare, a glover and leather merchant, and Mary Arden, a landed heiress. William, according to the church register, was the third of eight children in the Shakespeare household, three of whom died in childhood.

It is clear that between 1582 and 1592, Shakespeare became involved in the London theatre scene as a principal actor and playwright with one of several repertory companies. By 1594, Shakespeare was listed as a shareholder in one of the most popular acting companies in London, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men.

Learn more about the history of Shakespeare, The Globe, Elizabethan England and theatre in 16th and 17th Century. DOWNLOAD STUDY GUIDE

On Shakespeare’s Plays

Shakespeare’s canon includes 38 plays, 154 sonnets and two epic narrative poems. During his lifetime, many of his plays were published in what are known as Quarto editions, frequently without receiving the playwright’s permission. The Quartos are mostly flawed versions containing added material or missing entire passages from the original works.

The first collected edition of Shakespeare’s works is called the First Folio. It was published after the playwright’s death in 1623 by two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell. Since then the works of Shakespeare have been studied, analyzed, translated and enjoyed the world over as some of the finest masterpieces of the English language.

Learn more about Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and language. DOWNLOAD STUDY GUIDE

Celebrate Shakespeare’s 38 plays with us by taking part in SHAKE 38 LEARN MORE


Archived Study Guides

2013 – TWELFTH NIGHT DOWNLOAD STUDY GUIDE

2012 – OTHELLO DOWNLOAD STUDY GUIDE

2011 – THE TAMING OF THE SHREW DOWNLOAD STUDY GUIDE

2010 – HAMLET DOWNLOAD STUDY GUIDE

2009 – THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR DOWNLOAD STUDY GUIDE

2003 – MACBETH DOWNLOAD STUDY GUIDE