Classic Repertory Company

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!

To book now or learn more, call 617-923-7060 x8207
or email lily@newrep.org!

NOW BOOKING SPRING 2018!

running MARCH 22 through MAY 18


OTHELLO

LEARN MORE HERE!

Classic Repertory Company takes on this famous tale of race, love, jealousy, and revenge. Featuring live music, and seven young actors taking on multiple roles, this bold adaptation breathes new life into one of Shakespeare’s most well-loved tragedies. 

90 minutes, suitable for grades 6 and up


 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

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Harper Lee’s coming of age story set against the backdrop of 1930s Alabama explores themes of racial inequality, class, gender, and family. Classic Repertory Company delves into this timeless story to ask the question – what has kept this book in American classrooms for over fifty years?

90 minutes, suitable for grades 5 and up


LOOKING AHEAD TO 2018-2019?

ANIMAL FARM            A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM


Meet the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company

Adrian Peguero

Adrian Peguero

Adrian Peguero makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company tour. Adrian is a recent graduate from Salem State University with a BFA in Theatre Performance. Recent credits include: Clybourne Park (Albert/Kevin), The Seagull (Sorin), Angels in America Part One (Belize), and The Grapes of Wrath (Jim Casy). Adrian is most excited about making Shakespeare and theatre more accessible to those around us.

Alex Deroo

Alex Deroo

Alex Deroo makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company tour. Alex graduated from Salem State University in 2016 with a BFA in Theatre Performance. He is originally from Reading, MA. Recent credits include Romeo & Juliet and Julius Caesar with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Alex is extremely excited to bring the classic works of William Shakespeare and Harper Lee to students who are currently studying these amazing writers.

Chris Kandra

Chris Kandra

Chris Kandra makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company tour. Chris just graduated from Salem State with a BFA in Theatre Arts with a performance concentration and spent the summer touring with Speak About It, a show about consent and sex-positive communication for high-school and college students. He is most excited to be bringing Shakespeare and classic literature to the stage and enabling people to appreciate these wonderful pieces outside a conventional classroom! He is originally from Westford, MA.

Emma Tayce Palmer

Emma Tayce Palmer

Emma Tayce Palmer makes her New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company tour. Emma is a recent graduate of Boston University’s School of Theatre. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Emma grew up surrounded by a diverse artistic community that cultivated her love of storytelling from many points of view. Emma has trained in both contemporary and classical acting at the Guthrie, Boston University, and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Recent credits include Tanya in Punk Rock and Dunyasha in The Cherry Orchard.

Lillian Gomes

Lillian Gomes

Lillian Gomes makes her New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company tour. Recent credits include Exit Strategy (Zeitgeist Stage Company) and The Threepenny Opera (Bridgewater State University). Lillian recently earned her BA in Communications and Theatre from Bridgewater State University.

Sarah Morrisette

Sarah Morrisette

Sarah Morrisette makes her New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company tour. Recent credits include: All in the Timing and Doubt: a Parable (Newton Nomadic Theater), Macbeth (Bay Colony Shakespeare Company), My Children, My Africa!, Psychosis 4:48 and The Bacchae (Ithaca College) and As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ithaca Shakespeare Company). Sarah received her BFA in Acting from Ithaca College and is a graduate of the internship program at the Center for Theatre of the Oppressed in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Slava Tchoul

Slava Tchoul

Slava Tchoul makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company tour. Slava graduated from UMass Amherst a little over a year ago with a BA in Theatre. Recent credits include Circle Up (Youth Underground at Central Square Theatre), All’s Well that Ends Well (Vermont Theatre Company), and Love and Information (University of Massachusetts).

Every Classic Repertory Company performance includes:

Comprehensive Study Guides

Pre-Show Introduction

In this five minute introduction, audience members are able to meet the actors, enter the world of the play, and are given a few questions to keep in mind while they enjoy the performance.

Post-Show Discussion

After the performance, our actors facilitate a conversation with the audience about the production, its themes and aesthetic, how it applies to the world today, and how they relate to it on a personal level. Audience members are also given the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about the rehearsal process, our particular adaptation, or theatre in general.

Student & Teacher Evaluations

At every performance we provide evaluations for students and teachers to give their honest feedback about the productions, and how we can better serve your communities. These evaluations can also provide a jumping off point for in-class discussions!

OPTIONAL – BOOK A WORKSHOP WITH US!

Check out the “Workshops” tab for more information on what we offer!


BOOKING OPTIONS:

Book one or both of our performances

Book a workshop as a stand-alone experience

Book the Performance & Workshop Package

Want to know more? Email lily@newrep.org for more information!


What do students and teachers have to say about our shows?

“I thought Shakespeare was complex at first, but it’s really simple.”

“I have a new opinion about Shakespeare because I saw it as it could be in the modern world”

“I could understand the language so much better”

“I understand Shakespeare more now. It’s easier to wrap my head around!”

“It was really cool to see something we’re reading in class on a stage.”

“The actors were fantastic at creating a visceral experience by the minimalist use of props and the music. I thought it was great”

“I connected with the characters well and understood the story very easily”

“This play helped me so much! Thank you!”

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.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: BRINGING TEXT TO LIFE

Each season, Classic Repertory Company adapts a 19th or 20th century novel for the stage, and this year we are performing To Kill A Mockingbird. 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!

STORYTELLING

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


OTHELLO: TRYING ON SHAKESPEARE

Each season, Classic Repertory Company performs a 90-minute Shakespeare production, and this year we are touring Othello. 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

 


Check back for information on public performances in Spring 2018 at New Rep’s permanent space at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St, Watertown MA.


Are you an educator?

You can reserve a complimentary ticket to our public performances and learn about special discounts to help bring these productions to your school! Email lily@newrep.org for more information.

2016-2017: The Scarlet Letter & Romeo and Juliet 

2015-2016: 1984Julius 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.

Funded in part by generous individual contributors, the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Esther B. Kahn Foundation, Fuller Foundation, The Marshall Home Fund, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, and Watertown Community Foundation. This program is also supported in part by grants from the Boxford Cultural Council, Brookline Commission for the Arts, Carver Cultural Council, Dedham Cultural Council, Framingham Cultural Council, Granby Cultural Council, Marlborough Cultural Council, Milford Cultural Council, Shrewsbury Cultural Council, Waltham Cultural Council, and Watertown Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

 

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