Shakespeare LIVE! Testimonials & Press
Since its inception in 1997, Shakespeare LIVE! has been receiving acclaim and rave reviews from students, parents and educators. Here is a sampling of what they have told us:
"I am writing to let you know how much my fourth-grade son and I enjoyed seeing A Midsummer Night's Dream. Your touring group gave a wonderfully skillful and hilarious production of what has long been my favorite play, making it my child's new favorite play as well. I am particularly impressed by the ease with which this production made Shakespeare accessible to students, while meeting the high standards of adult Shakespeare fans."
-Margaret Manzi, parent, Moorestown, NJ
"Just a note to tell you how much I enjoyed yesterday's performance of Romeo and Juliet. I appreciated the thoughtful paring down of the play so that the essence of the play was captured. Our students were attentive and involved and clearly enjoyed the production. The ensemble of actors was delightful. They brought a freshness and vitality to the performance and responded to students' questions with care and thoughtfulness."
-Arlene Hyman, Language Arts Supervisor, Millburn, NJ
"The entire school was impressed with the production. I only heard positive comments. Personally, I was impressed by the production and how much of the play was included. Cast members were intelligent and articulate in responding to questions from the audience and were most willing to talk to a smaller group of students on the stage after the audience was dismissed. I hope we can have you back again!"
-Terry Burns, English Dept. Chair, The Pennington School, Pennington, NJ
"I wish to thank you very much for sharing with our students a great, live production of Shakespeare. The students were obviously very receptive to both the play and the question and answer session that followed. Seldom have I witnessed this level of enthusiasm and interest at a student assembly, no less one relating to an academic theme. Your production was professional from start to finish, including the acting, sets, and costumes. Following the play, the novel opportunity to ask the actors questions about themselves and acting made this theatre experience especially memorable."
-Jeff Flyer, English teacher, Immaculate Conception H.S., Lodi, NJ
"Thank you so much for the wonderful experience my students had yesterday. The condensed and energetic presentation captured the attention of these seventh graders and confirmed their love of the play."
-JoAnn Dorio-Fyne, teacher, Intermediate West School, Toms River, NJ
"This morning, we had your Shakespeare LIVE! troupe here for A Midsummer Night's Dream. You should be so proud of the work you do. It is clearly the best thing we ever had [at the school]. Just well done top to bottom!"
-Kathy Fridel, parent, Hillside School, Livingston, NJ
"We loved it! Students and teachers agreed that it was the best children's production they had ever seen. We would love to have you back with a new play for the elementary level. Thank you."
-Charlene Falkowski, teacher, Valley Road School, Clark, NJ
"I haven't heard a less-than-rave response to your performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Everyone loved it. It was a wonderful performance, very physical, lively, energetic. It held the attention of the entire student body, seven hundred students from grades seven to twelve, for the hour and twenty minutes, and students had nothing but praise for it. What a great way to begin a long week, they said. Thanks, and again, thanks!"
-Jane Ashcom, English Dept. Chair, The Pingry School, Martinsville, NJ
"Bravo to the company of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shakespeare LIVE! was a great success. Our students loved the performances and workshops that mesmerized and captured their imaginations... a difficult audience to win over!"
-Luba Corichi, Art Therapist, The Rugby School, Wall, NJ
"My children and I saw Shakespeare LIVE! yesterday at Appel Farm in Elmer, NJ. Your production of A Midsummer Night's Dream was fantastic! I was delighted that my children (ages 9 and 7) were able to follow the plot… The adaptation was especially suited for them and, because the actors were so expressive and energetic, my kids laughed in all the right places. Thank you for giving them a wonderful ‘first Shakespeare' experience!"
-Sharon McMullen, parent
"We had a great time at your performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. We've never seen such a spectacular show or had such a good time."
-5th grade students, Alexander Hamilton School, Morristown, NJ
"[Hamlet] was by far the best performance ever at our school! Great job!!"
-Karen Glasgow, English teacher, Mt. St. Joseph Academy, Flourtown, PA
"[Hamlet was] one of the best experiences I've had in 35 years of teaching theatre and English. Thanks again and again to the actors and stage manager."
-Guy Suabedissen, teacher, Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Bridgewater, NJ
"This was the first time we had your group come to our school, and we loved it! Your performers did an excellent job not only performing, but also answering student's questions enthusiastically. We are looking forward to booking you in the future! Both the students and the teachers had a great time. Thanks!"
-Jennifer Sisco, English teacher, Linden High School, Linden, NJ
"I want to thank the members of the [Shakespeare LIVE!] company for an oustanding production of Hamlet. The production and the acting was of the highest quality. I also applaud the interaction between the actors and students after the performance. I cannot express my gratitude enough for the impact of this production upon our student body."
-Kenneth Jennings, Assistant Principal, Benedictine Academy, Elizabeth, NJ