We're feeling the POWer of Words at DRT -
Tomorrow night (9/8/16) we hold our first script read through with the fabulous cast of DRT'S prize-winning Main Stage show, "The Giver." Next week DRT fall acting classes kick off with three new plays (including the amazing new 9-12 year old series "Blue Moon Shape Shifters.") THERE IS STILL ROOM TO JOIN DRT Fall Acting Classes.
AND on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th, the much-anticipated HAMLET PROJECT DURHAM holds its first official class.
Hamlet Project Durham (HPD) is a 5-year (2015-2020) artistic, career-training, education boosting, social change project constructed around an intentionally multi-racial core group of, initially, 15-20, 9-12-year-old, actors preparing to perform "Hamlet" in spring 2020.
WHY "HAMLET?" DID YOU KNOW? William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" is widely considered the greatest play yet written in the English language. Displaying a brilliant imagination alongside verbal prowess, Shakespeare added 1,700 new words to the English language. In "Hamlet," Shakespeare created 170 new words.
WHY DRT CARES ABOUT EXPERIENCING WORDS
"Estimates show that about 40% of fourth graders struggle with reading at even basic levels and there is a markedly disproportionate representation of children who are poor and who belong to ethnic or racial minorities among those who struggle to read ...Children's ongoing engagement in literacy activities and their developing propensity toward considering language as an object of attention become primary routes for language development." From "Literacy and its Impact on Child Development," Dr. Laura M. Justice, 2010
READ ALL ABOUT HAMLET PROJECT DURHAM (and download a short HPD FAQS brochure) at durhamregionaltheatre.com/Hamlet/
REGISTER for HPD and/or for DRT FALL ACTING CLASSES 2015 at durhamregionaltheatre.com/drt-classes/
AT DRT, WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF WORDS to POSITIVELY IMPACT THE LIVES OF ALL OUR STUDENTS!
“A child’s oral language development provides the foundation for all other language and literacy skills … Our vocabulary and language ability control the way we are able to think about things. Understanding words orally is essential to being able to understand words written down.”
From Oral Language and Early Literacy by Kathleen A. Roskos, Patton O. Tabors, and Lisa A Lenhart. (2009, International Reading Association)