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An Evening of Shakespeare

Posted Apr 18, 2019
Erie Day School’s Grade 8 class under the direction of Ginny Rogers will be performing scenes and soliloquies from:  Julius Caesar; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Romeo & Juliet; and Macbeth at ‘An Evening of Shakespeare’ on Thursday, April 18th.  Performances range from tragedy to history to comedy. William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright, is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. 

An added visual to the evening are shields each Grade 8 student creates which are hung in the Henry E. Fish Gymnasium.  This year, to help Erie Day School celebrate its 90th anniversary, all shields from the past 26 years of Grade 8 classes are hung throughout the school.


An Evening of Shakespeare

Thursday, April 18th

5:00 p.m. – Carnival Games

6:00 p.m. – Dinner

6:45 p.m. – Shakespeare Performances

Erie Day School Henry E. Fish Gymnasium, 1372 West Sixth Street, Erie


The origination of the event dates back to the 1980’s as the Erie Day School Grade 8 class returned from the annual trip to the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada.  Being excited and enthused about what they had just seen, students asked faculty member Ginny Rogers if they could do a Shakespearian production of their own.  Students create their own costumes and do their own make-up prior to the annual performances.  An added bonus is that all Erie Day School students, Kindergarten through Grade 8, learn of Shakespeare by attending the Renaissance Carnival prior to the event and watching the performances which follows.


The mission of the Erie Day School, as a co-educational, independent elementary school, is to pursue excellence in education as the regional leader in early education (Toddler, Preschool and Kindergarten through Grade 8) of outstanding students by providing high-quality faculty, curricula, facilities and programs, resulting in an individualized, student-centered educational experience which will serve as a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning, growth, responsibility and leadership.