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 FALL 2017 AND SPRING 2018!

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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
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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 6 and up


Every Classic Repertory Company performance includes:

Comprehensive Study Guide

Visit our “Study Guides” tab to download and print.

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!


Meet the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company

We offer three flexible 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

Fall Residency at Boston University’s Tsai Performance Center:

OTHELLO – Saturday, October 21 at 8pm

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD – Sunday, October 22 at 2pm

Tsai Performance Center | 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Tickets: $20 general public | $15 BU Alumni, Groups of 10+
$10 New Rep Subscribers, CFA Members, and Student Matinee Students
Free with BU ID, at the door, day of performance, subject to availability

To learn more, visit bu.edu/cfa/season.

Check back for information on public performances at New Rep’s permanent space:

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 production photos and videos coming soon!

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, and Hayley Sherwood

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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