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

OUR SPRING 2018 TOUR IS NEARLY SOLD OUT!

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OTHELLO

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PRODUCTION 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


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            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.

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).

Benjamin Finn

Benjamin Finn

Benjamin (Ben) Finn is making his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the Classic Repertory Company on the Spring 2018 tour. Ben recently graduated from UMass Amherst with a double major BA in Theatre and English, and had worked at New Rep for two full seasons as a Production Assistant prior to performing on the tour. He’s delighted for the opportunity to perform with friends old and new, and hopes to inspire future generations of informed citizens through the communicative power and real world applications of theater. Recent credits: Circle Up! and Here and There (Central Square Theater w/Youth Underground Ambassador Ensemble), Julius Caesar (Praxis Stage Company), In the Next Room, or, the Vibrator Play (Footlight Club), Hallowed Ground (Leverett Historical Society) and The Glass Menagerie (UMass Amherst Dept. of Theater).

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Every Classic Repertory Company performance includes:

Comprehensive Study Guides

Pre-Show Introduction

Meet the actors, enter the world of the play, and get ready for the show!

Post-Show Discussion

Ask questions, share your insights, and engage with the actors!

Student & Teacher Evaluations

A great opportunity to share your feedback!

ADD A WORKSHOP!

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

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


Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St, Watertown MA.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Tuesday May 1st at 7:30pm (public performance)

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Thursday May 3rd at 10am (student matinee)

Email lily@newrep.org to book tickets!

Othello 

Wednesday May 2nd at 7:30pm (public performance)

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Friday May 4th at 10am (student matinee)

Contact Education Associate Lily Linke at lily@newrep.org for tickets!


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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