Shreds and Patches is an imagining of Shakespeare's Hamlet like no other! An excellent easy-to-stage competition piece that fuses Shakespearean speech with modern dialogue - a super fun way to bring Shakespeare into the classroom!

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Three puddings in a pool: The Merrie Christmas Show

If you need a holiday show that’s great for beginners, can accommodate almost any sized cast and has lots of room for audience participation, then you need The Merrie Christmas Show by Lindsay Price.

A group of lively traveling players are at your service as they take you on a spirited adventure through Christmas past and present. They have searched the globe for Christmas stories and songs that will amaze, thrill, and delight children of all ages.

Director Colleen Mahan from Saint Dominic Academy in Auburn, Maine shared how the student performers were both fun and festive in their production of The Merrie Christmas Show. She also shared some of their tips for staging the play:

It was flexible enough for me to be able to change casting in an environment where students come and go at will. It was also very silly, which is a plus for this crowd.

We started the show with the cast winding through the audience, some members playing rhythm instruments, others with stockings, garlands and tinsel to decorate the stage with, and two carrying a steamer trunk full of props and costume pieces. It was fun and effective.

Great job, Saint Dominic Academy!


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