Unicorns made an appearance at the Westminster School’s Shakespeare Festival May 21. The mythical creatures, named Sparkle and Twinkle, gave children rides, while the school celebrated the bard in a big way, with costumed jugglers and mimes, a “fire fairy dance,” a maypole dance, crafts, sonnet recitations, and performances of scenes from “Julius Caesar” and “Romeo and Juliet” – plus some non-Shakespearean activities like bounce houses.
|Marc Antony gives an eloquent speech after the murder of Julius Caesar.|
The independent private school on Gallows Road in Annandale launched its first-ever Shakespeare Festival because “we offer a classical education, and Shakespeare is a big part of that,” said history teacher Gregory Glazier.
|Westminster has a selection of Shakespeare costumes.|
Westminster is one of two K-12 schools taking part in the Virginia Shakespeare Initiative, says Nancy Shuler, a Westminster administrator and parent. The initiative was formed to shine a spotlight on Shakespeare’s genius and impact in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of his death on April 23, 2016.
|Westminster board member and parent Tony Sarrge.|
All 220 members of Westminster’s student body participates in the school’s annual Shakespeare play. The school also has a series of stained glass windows dedicated to the bard.
|Jugglers, jesters and mimes roamed the school.|