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Shakespeare High

Synopsis
Documentary telling the story of a group of teenagers in Southern California who find a place to belong within their high-school drama programme and are determined to succeed in the 90th Annual DTASC (Drama Teachers Association of Southern California) Shakespeare Competition. The film features their stories of how the arts enriches their lives amidst personal troubles, including poverty, violence, gangs, drugs, absentee parents, as well as the troubles and hardships of adolescence. The association chose three Shakespeare plays — A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello and Macbeth — to be performed by drama students from around 50 schools. The competing students could either condense a play into a scene that lasted no longer than eight minutes or perform a single five-minute scene. No props, sets and costumes were allowed, except for four chairs. The students had considerable artistic license to modify a play, as long as they didn’t change its meaning. Among the famous alumni of the almost 100 year-old programme are Kevin Spacey, Val Kilmer, Mare Winningham and Richard Dreyfuss, all featured in the film.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2012
Duration
81 mins

Credits

Director
Alex Rotaru
Producer
Alex Rotaru
Cinematographer
Brian O’Connell
Music
Drew Kilcoin
Contributor
Kevin Spacey; Mare Winningham; Richard Dreyfuss; Val Kilmer

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Subjects
Drama; Education
Keywords
drama therapy; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); School productions

Notes

Notes
Available Region 1 only (3/2013).

Online Availability

Online URL
http://shakespearehigh.org

Production Company

Name

Trigger Street Productions

Online Retailer

Name

amazon.com

Web
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