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
This classic tale of love and hate, Romeo and Juliet follows the young heroes as they fall in love despite the feud between their families. Using only the original text, this zany and youthful 90-minute adaptation breathes new life into one of the Bard’s most well-loved plays.
60 minutes, suitable for grades 5 and up
A timeless story of love, betrayal, and integrity, The Scarlet Letter follows heroine Hester Prynne who forges a new morality independent of the community that publicly shames and stigmatizes her. In this striking 60-minute adaptation, Hester speaks to us across time as an icon of individual thought in a world rife with moral posturing and mindless conformity.
Meet the 2019-2020 Classic Repertory Company
Jamie Semel makes her New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2019 – 2020 Classic Repertory Company tour. Previous credits include Picnic at Hanging Rock, [or, the whale], and Winter Panto’s Paul Bunyan and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with imaginary beasts, and Still, Now with Heart & Dagger. Jamie studied Theater Arts and Environmental Studies at Brandeis University and is an alum of the National Theater Institute and the British American Drama Academy. Jamie is excited to bring her love of ensemble storytelling on the road!
Shanelle Villegas makes her New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2019 – 2020 Classic Repertory Company tour. Recent credits include; Nana in School Girls or; The African Mean Girls Play (Speakeasy stage) Angus/Fleance in Macbeth (Actors’ Shakespeare Project) and Cassandra/Kate in a devised piece titled And Speak I Will (Boston Center for the Arts). Shanelle is a proud first-year graduate from Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Contemporary Theatre program. She resides in Boston, MA and is a teaching-artist, competitive swim teacher, writer and deviser.
Issy Zoppo makes her New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2019 – 2020 Classic Repertory Company tour. Issy is a Boston based actor and educator. Recent credits include: Romeo & Juliet, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again., and Our Town. Graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University. Issy is excited for the opportunity to share theatre with students who may have never seen it before!
Isaiah Michael Grace makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2019 – 2020 Classic Repertory Company tour. Isaiah was born and raised in New Bedford Massachusetts and is a recent Graduate of The University of Massachusetts Amherst. Past theater credits include: Sweat, Spell 7, Infants of the Spring, Jesus Hopped the A Train, and Ta’zieh: Between Two Rivers. Isaiah is excited to go on this new journey with Classic Repertory Company!
Alex Hanscom makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2019 – 2020 Classic Repertory Company tour. Alex is a recent graduate of the Emerson College BFA Acting program. Some recent credits include Measure for Measure (Angelo), Brazen (Ike), and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Monk) with Emerson Stage, as well as I Hate You (Bill) and Peter and the Starcatcher (Black Stache) with Emerson Mercutio Troupe. When not acting, Alex teaches with Boston Children’s Theatre and creates short-form video content on YouTube. Alex is super excited to join CRC and can’t wait to introduce students to the world of theatre!
Courtney Beth Plati makes her New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2019 – 2020 Classic Repertory Company tour. Courtney is an SDC Associate director, actor, and educator currently working in the Boston area. She is a recent graduate from Salem State University where she found her passion for directing while receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in performance. Her passion for education stems from her work with teens, teaching and directing them in the Shakespeare elective at Camp Meraki, where she has been for the past five summers. Courtney is the recipient of the SDC Directing Initiative Award for Region 1 from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival 2018. She is an acting apprentice alumni of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and has worked with them in different capacities as an assistant director for their production of Universe Rushing Apart: Blue Kettle and Here We Go, and as a scene and monologue coach this summer for their apprentice programme.
What does it look like to book a performance or workshop with CRC? Read on to learn a little more about how we work!
For 2019/2020, our fall tour runs October 14 through November 21, 2019 and our spring tour runs March 16 through May 29, 2020. Both productions, Romeo and Juliet and The Scarlet Letter, tour in the fall and spring.
Each performance is accompanied by a comprehensive study guide, a pre-show introduction to bring your students into the world of the play, and a post-show discussion facilitated by our actors. The post show discussion time is in addition to the show run time. We also provide evaluations for both students and teachers to fill out afterwards, which not only helps us in keeping our programming relevant and accessible, but also serves as a great jumping off point for discussion in the classroom. Our innovative productions present our own unique take on these classic texts, and feature young actors within their first couple years out of a variety of acting programs at universities across the eastern USA!
We do not require any technical set-up. We typically show up 1 hour before the performance to load in our set, get changed and warm up, and troubleshoot any potentials changes we may have to make in response to the performance space. We’ve performed in every space imaginable – from big professional theatres to high school auditoriums to rec rooms at a senior center. Our productions are designed to take the shape of whatever space we find ourselves in.
We have extremely minimal tech requirements. If you have lights you want to throw up on the stage, and mics you want to set up, we welcome those elements, but we do not require them. We ask for two parking spots and a room for changing and storing our personal items. A room that can be locked is ideal, but we understand that total security can never be guaranteed. A private bathroom is preferable, but not required. Please see our TECH RIDER HERE to learn more about what we need from you.
We price on a sliding scale, and never want cost to be the sole prohibitive factor in bringing this experience to your students. We are subsidized by numerous grants and donations, but could seek further grants from your local cultural council. Let’s have a conversation about how to make this experience accessible for your community!
Please start a conversation with us! We would love to hear about your venue and how we can customize our offerings to best fit your audience. Thank you for your dedication to incorporating the arts into your curriculum!
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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.
The Scarlet Letter: 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
Romeo & Juliet: 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 fall for special public performances!
Monday OCT 21/2019 7:30 | 60 minutes
Mosesian Center for the Arts | MainStage Theater
2018-2019: Animal Farm & Midsummer Night’s Dream
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.