Celebrate the Bard's Birthday with activities for all ages this weekend!
Drop in anytime on Saturday, April 21, 2018, between 10:00am and 4:00pm to celebrate Shakepeare’s birthday with activities for all ages in honor of the Bard. Take part in a Shakespeare-themed storytime at 10:30am, sign a giant birthday card, attend a free “Shakespeare’s Heartbeat” workshop, take a stage combat lesson, learn about life for children in Elizabethan England, play a game of giant chess, make a fairy wand or Montague and Capulet shield, and much more!
10:00am-3:00pm Self-Guided (Throughout the Building)
Sign Shakespeare’s birthday card, create a fairy wand, design Montague and Capulet shields, take a throne selfie, play giant chess, and so much more!
10:30am-11:00am: Shakespeare Storytime (Spangler)
Ages 0-5: Join us for our family storytime which will be themed around princesses and other age-appropriate Shakespearean elements in honor of his birthday. Stay afterwards to make one of our themed crafts!
11:30am-11:50am: Shakespeare Recitation (StoryJar)
Under the tutelage of Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Shakespearean Teaching Artist, Steven Levine, several CTC students will perform monologues and soliloquies from the Shakespeare class, to demonstrate the style and language of the Bard.
12:00pm-12:30pm: Stage Combat Showcase & Tutorial: Hand to Hand Combat (The Round)
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Stage Combat Teaching Artist, Steven Levine, will lead a free tutorial session for interested parties of all ages to learn and practice stage combat in a safe environment.
12:30pm-1:00pm: Stage Combat Tutorial: Quarterstaves (StoryJar)
Ages 5 and Up: Immediately following the stage combat showcase, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Stage Combat Teaching Artist will lead a free tutorial session for interested parties of all ages to learn and practice stage combat moves with weapons called quarterstaves in a safe environment.
1:00pm-1:45pm: Shakespeare’s Heartbeat Workshop (Studioi)
This free workshop, led by a Children’s Theatre of Charlotte Teaching Artist, will provide unique games derived from moments in several of Shakespeare’s shows. It is based on the widely held belief that iambic pentameter naturally follows the rhythm of the human heartbeat.
2:00pm-2:45pm: Life in Elizabethan England (The Round)
As part of the day’s festivities, this program will focus on life in Elizabethan England back in the time of William Shakespeare. Enjoy tea and biscuits while we share information from several books, practice our British accents, and participate in an extension activity making our own wearable Tudor neck ruffs.