The question was to be or not to be and students at the Meadowbrook Alternative Program in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District held the answer as they performed in the sixth annual Shakespeare Festival.
Julia Grandville, Anthony Zimmardi, Kat Tzorzis and Ms. Weinstein-Ondras (seated) performedin “Antony & Cleopatra”
Under the direction of English teacher Laura Sheridan, the festival incorporated the combined talents of students and staff. It began in the Brookside Auditorium with scenes and monologues from “Julius Caesar,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “Romeo & Juliet,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” “Troilus & Cressida” and “Antony & Cleopatra.”
An elaborate feast followed the performances where Elizabethan dishes were provided by staff members. Decorations were prepared and coordinated by school nurse Darlene Boden and assistants Karin McMahon and Lisa Duignan.
“In preparation for the festival, a number of MAP’s student body took a field trip to see the Young Company’s performance of ‘Othello’ at Classic Stage Company near Union Square,” said English teacher Laura Sheridan. “Experiencing a live performance of Shakespeare gave them perspective and inspiration for their own scenes.”