Students Discuss Shakespeare During Videoconference

Dan Sherman QuestarIII, April 30 2003

Students from Questar III's New Visions: Visual & Performing Arts program participated in a videoconference on Wednesday with leading actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in England. The theater group is internationally known as one of the most respected interpreters of Shakespeare's works.

During this special presentation, RSC actors discussed and demonstrated approaches to interpreting and acting Shakespearean roles and speaking Shakespeare's language with students in Peg Danner's class. Conversations also included the challenges of understanding the playwright's themes, characters and language. The videoconferencing performance and demonstration was offered in cooperation with Questar III's Instructional Videoconferencing Service, the Prince William Network and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The videoconferencing was particularly timely for the New Visions: Visual & Performing Arts students, whose murder mystery dinner theater production opens tonight at Rensselaer Educational Center. The play, written and performed by the New Visions students, includes a three-course dinner prepared by students in Teresa Mill's culinary arts program. For more information or to purchase tickets for today and tomorrow's shows, please call Peg Danner at 271-7705.

The New Visions: Visual & Performing Arts program offers local high school seniors in Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties the opportunity to explore the careers available in the arts. Located at the Arts Center in Troy, the program offers an integrated curriculum in Advanced Placement English, music, art, theatre and film studies. Students also take classes at Hudson Valley Community College and Russell Sage College.