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Monday, May 23, 2016

Local school celebrates Shakespeare

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.

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