Classic Repertory Company (CRC) is New Rep’s flagship educational outreach program, bringing theatrical experiences to schools, senior centers, universities, summer camps, and presenting organizations throughout New England. CRC produces streamlined, inventive, original 90-minute adaptations of Shakespeare and classic novels. We seek not only to entertain, but to create a space for critical thinking, risk-taking, conversation, and shared experience. Every performance is accompanied by comprehensive study guides, a pre-show introduction, and a post-show discussion with the actors. We also offer workshops that may be booked alongside the performance, or as a stand-alone experience!
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NOW BOOKING 2019-2020!
90 minutes, suitable for grades 5 and up
Twins Sebastian and Viola are separated after a shipwreck. Left to fend for herself in romantic Illyria, Viola disguises herself as a page for Lord Orsino, who seeks the hand of Countess Olivia. But when Olivia falls helplessly in love with the disguised Viola, the fun has only just begun. Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night explores the complex powers of love, the folly of identity, and the consequences of ambition in this fresh 90-minute adaptation of the beloved classic.
90 minutes, suitable for grades 5 and up
George Orwell’s classic novel takes a frightening contemporary twist in this fast-paced, accessible adaptation. In Oceania, Big Brother watches everyone, everywhere. Winston and Julia resist the oppressive governing Party that brainwashes society through psychological manipulation, fake news, inescapable surveillance, and a war that will never end. Orwell’s nightmare is never more than a click away.
Meet the 2018-2019 Classic Repertory Company
Nick Chieffo makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2018 – 2019 Classic Repertory Company tour. Nick is a recent graduate of Emerson College. He is most excited to share the transformative, unifying power of theatre with fellow humans and the like. Recent credits include: Cat’s Neck, West Side Story and Who Donut?
Tim Colee makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the Spring 2019 Classic Repertory Company tour. He is a recent graduate of The University of West Florida where he received a Bachelors degree in Theatre and a minor in General Communications. Recent roles include Othello (Cassio), Twelfth Night (Sebastian), The Music Man (Marcellus Washburn) and A Christmas Carol (Ebenezer Scrooge). Tim is very excited to be joining the ensemble and bringing theatre and storytelling to the communities of New England.
Willa Eigo makes her New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2018-2019 Classic Repertory Company tour. Willa is a recent graduate of Boston University with a BFA in Acting. Recent credits include: Lindy in The Pledge (Brelby Theatre Co.), Kattrin in Mother Courage, and Caroline in I And You (Boston University). She is excited to get the chance to be a part of a touring company and bring theatre to a diverse range of audiences!
Riley Fox Hillyer makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2018-2019 Classic Repertory Company tour. He is a recent graduate of Emerson College, originally hailing from Saint Augustine, Florida. Recent credits include NAVIGATING DEATH ANXIETY: a how-to guide! (Actor), Tiny Houses (Olek/Lars), Cabaret DAS (fox),and staging NOMI at the Cabinet of Curiosities Festival. He is also a proud member of the band pUbeRty kiDs. He is most excited about working with this company to bring theater to communities who don’t have much access to it.
David Picariello makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2018-2019 Classic Repertory Company tour. He graduated in 2017 from Salem State University 2017 with a BFA in Theatre Performance, and minors in both Film Studies and Dramatic Literature. He spent the summer after graduation with Speak About It, a performance-based education consent program that travels to high schools and colleges across the country. SSU credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster), The Seagull (Konstantin), and The Grapes of Wrath (Noah Joad). Other recent credits include Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Apollinaire Theatre Company) and William Morris Barfee in The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Theatre Company of Saugus). David is most excited to work with such a small and talented ensemble, bringing Shakespeare and classic literature to life. He currently lives in Wakefield, MA.
Jane Reagan makes her New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2018-2019 Classic Repertory Company tour. Jane is a recent graduate of Emerson College with a BFA in Acting. Recent credits include: Brazen (Cameron), Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Vivie), Caucasian Chalk Circle (Natella Abashvili), Richard III (Lord Rivers). She can’t wait to pack in the van at early hours of the morn and explore what theatre can be with students across New England.
Elena Toppo makes her New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2018-2019 Classic Repertory Company tour. Elena is a recent graduate of Boston University with a BFA in Theatre Arts. She grew up watching theatre in Ashland, Oregon and has a soft spot for Shakespeare. Elena is excited to share her love of storytelling on this tour.
Willow Lautenberg makes her New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2018-2019 Classic Repertory Company tour. Willow is a recent graduate of Emerson College with a B.F.A. in Theatre & Performance and a minor in writing. She is also a singer. Recent credits include: Shoemaker’s Elf in Shrek, The Musical (FPAC at BSU), La Donna in La Favola Del Figlio Cambiato (Festa di Teatro Eco Logico), Anna in Click (Emerson Stage), Elmire in Tartuffe (Emshakes), and Sveta in The Road of Life (World premier, MTS). Willow has created and performed two solo performances: Leave My Heart It’s Song, and What It Means To Be Free. Willow is most excited to give students an actively imaginative connection to classical texts through theatrical storytelling.
Every Classic Repertory Company performance includes:
Comprehensive Study Guides
Study Guides for the 2019-2020 Season Coming Soon!
Meet the actors, enter the world of the play, and get ready for the show!
Ask questions, share your insights, and engage with the actors!
Student & Teacher Evaluations
A great opportunity to share your feedback!
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Each Classic Repertory Company production has an accompanying workshop, which can be adapted for students of all ages! These workshops are available to book alongside a performance, or as a stand-alone experience.
1984: BRINGING TEXT TO LIFE
Each season, Classic Repertory Company adapts a 19th or 20th century novel for the stage, and in 2018-2019, we’ll be touring Animal Farm. Using a variety of techniques for devising and adaptation, our company members will guide your students through the process of reading a text, identifying what they believe to be the primary elements, engaging their bodies, and creating a story with a group. Your students will learn new modes of analyzing and understanding a piece of text, through the lens of the storyteller. This workshop is offered in three iterations for students of all ages!
While not all of our performances are appropriate for Elementary school, this workshop is specifically designed as a stand-alone experience for this age group.
TIME: 45 minutes
AGES: Grades 2 through 6
GROUP SIZE: up to 50
BRINGING TEXT TO LIFE
Give your students the opportunity to get on their feet and experience the story from inside!
TIME: 60 minutes
AGES: Grades 6 through 12
GROUP SIZE: up to 50
Twelfth Night: TRYING ON SHAKESPEARE
Each season, Classic Repertory Company performs a 90-minute Shakespeare production, and this year we are touring A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare can be intimidating for students of all ages, so come play with us and eliminate the stigma of the Bard! In this workshop, we explore this well-loved text through our voices, our bodies, and our emotions, using a variety of games and exercises. Your students will leave with a new set of tools with which to strengthen their analysis and understanding of Shakespeare’s writing, along with a playful attitude! This workshop is offered in three iterations for students of all ages!
INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE
While our Shakespeare productions are not usually appropriate for Elementary School students, this workshop is specifically designed as a stand-alone experience for this age group!
TIME: 75 minutes
AGES: Grades 2 through 6
GROUP SIZE: up to 35
TRYING ON SHAKESPEARE
Give your students the opportunity to experience Shakespeare from the inside!
TIME: 75 or 90 minutes
AGES: Grades 6 through 12
GROUP SIZE: up to 35
What do students and teachers have to say about our shows?
“For the past several years, we have been educated and entertained by the talented and energetic crew at Classic Repertory Company. The productions are engaging, intelligent, and fast-paced. Each year, our students ask if the group can come back again. We can’t replace the educational enrichment that our students receive by seeing a novel or play come alive on stage. The excellent staff at CRC breathes life into each piece of literature and positively affects our students’ understanding of the text we try so hard to teach. Thank you for your passion and dedication.”
Elizabeth Thompson, Bishop Hendricken High School (Warwick, RI)
“CRC’s work has enabled our students to engage the Bard’s works with greater depth and in different ways than are possible solely within our small group tutorial setting. The players and management of CRC have always been accommodating, professional, courteous, and are clearly devoted to their task of helping young people engage and appreciate these plays at the heart of the Western literary canon. Every year at the end of the workshop, the players ask our kids if they understand Shakespeare better than when they arrived that morning, and every hand immediately goes up. We have appreciated the partnership of CRC and look forward to continuing it in the future.”
Ian Drummond, New Hope Tutorials (Boxford, MA)
CRC’s productions are thoughtful, well-acted, and captivating! Each time, I’ve been impressed by the professionalism of the CRC’s Education Associates and performers alike, finding them easy to work with, incredibly efficient, and exceptionally clear in their communications with my office. More important, they made a tremendous impact on our members, who continue to talk about the performances for weeks afterwards. Some, in fact, were so impressed that they’ve since become donors to the CRC, helping to ensure the company’s continued growth and success. If that’s not a ringing endorsement of the company’s importance to the community, I don’t know what is!
David Fechtor, Tufts OSHER LLI (Medford, MA)
“One of the highlights of our academic year is when Classic Repertory Company comes to Perkins to perform works directly from our high-school curriculum. The impact of having live actors performing familiar material up close, especially for students with little or no vision, is tremendous. I believe strongly that all students should have these experiences whenever possible.”
Jeff Migliozzi, Perkins School for the Blind (Watertown, MA)
“Bringing To Kill a Mockingbird to our school was a positive and enriching extension of our curriculum. Beyond the play itself (which was fantastic), our students benefited from being invited to help with setting up and from engaging in the talk-back afterward. They enjoyed interacting with the actors, asking questions, and connecting the play’s characters and themes to contemporary issues. Thanks again!”
Stephanie DiCarlo, Innovation Academy Charter School (Tyngsborough, MA)
“For the cost of taking a few classes to a field trip, the entire school can see a professional production. I have been very happy with the quality of the performances by the Classic Repertory Company and with their efforts to help schedule and enable us to share their talents with our students. Teachers do not work in a vacuum and learning does not just take place in the formal classroom. In order to continue to raise the bar and meet goals, teachers need the continued investment of their students. They must be excited about learning. With Experiencing the Arts we have seen firsthand that student learning is energized by enrichment experiences. Students find the classroom work more meaningful and useful when skills have been brought to life, so to speak, by arts experiences. Classic Repertory Company is a ready way to stimulate learning with a live performance!”
Christopher Morse, Experiencing the Arts at Mascoma Valley Regional High School (Canaan, NH)
Come see the Classic Repertory Company at the Mosesian Center for the Arts this spring for special public performances!
Tuesday APR 30/2019 7:30
Mosesian Center for the Arts mainstage theater
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You can reserve a complimentary ticket to our public performances and learn about special discounts to help bring these productions to your school! Email email@example.com for more information.
2017-2018: To Kill a Mockingbird & Othello
2016-2017: The Scarlet Letter & Romeo and Juliet
2015-2016: 1984 & Julius Caesar
featuring Laura Detwiler, Michael Kelly, Lily Linke, Cory Missildine, Alex Rankine, Kai Tshikosi, Zachary Dyer and Grace Kennedy Woodford
2014-2015: Of Mice and Men & Macbeth
featuring Daniel Anderson, Miguel A Fana, Will Madden, Cesar Munoz, Hayley Sherwood, Kristian Sorensen, and Maxwell Wyndham
2013-2014: Great Expectations & A Midsummer Night’s Dream
featuring Jared Brown, Lorne Batman, David Keohane, Marc Pierre, Simon Pringle-Wallace, Rebecca Sands, Julia Schonberg, Sam Tilles, and Celia Pain
2012-2013: To Kill a Mockingbird & Romeo and Juliet
featuring Kyle Blanchette, Melissa Carter, Kyle Cherry, Cloteal Horne, Alexandria King, Nathaniel Punches, Jacob Sherburne, and Sophie Sinclair
Summer Productions: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2014: featuring Charlie Coursey, Margaret Clark, Jesse Garlick, Will Madden, James Marin, Kristian Sorensen, Charlotte Thomas, and Savanna Young-Norris
2015: featuring Jenna Bilgore, Michael John Ciszewski, Maria DeCotis, Matt Dray, Lily Linke, Tyler Prendergast, Hayley Sherwood, and Spencer Parli Tew
Education advisory council: Karen Coyle Aylward, Brighton High in Brighton, MA; Kimo Carter, Watertown Middle School in Watertown, MA; Clay Hopper, Boston University in Boston, MA; Lisa Stott, Butler Middle School in Lowell, MA.
New Rep’s Classic Repertory Company is produced in cooperation with Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.