Ten OH seniors will be live on local airwaves Sept. 25 reading lines from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” to promote Toledo Opera’s upcoming performance of the famous play.
The students are part of a day-long broadcast planned by local public broadcasting station WGTE (FM-91), an NPR affiliate. Their appearance is part of a “Macbeth Day” celebration, building up to the Toledo Opera’s Oct. 4 and 6 performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera of the same name.
“An opportunity to interact closely with 'Macbeth' in order to contribute to this event gives the learning a whole new meaning,” said Sara Eisenbaum, OH high school English teacher. “Students know that Shakespeare can be daunting but in this context where we will engage with other performers, his words will come to life outside the confines of the English classroom.”
The students are in her Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition course. They are Priya Bhatt, Donavan Bridges, Catherine Byrne, Charlotte Mayer-Heckathorn, Alex McCullough, Henry McQueen, Yale Miller, Seth Nieman, Deepta Paramasamy, and Sean Yalcinkaya.
The students will read lines from Act III, Scene IV of the play, and then take part in a post-reading discussion. (The play was first performed in 1606! See the lines here) To create the right milieu, the Toledo Opera is bringing in a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre used in last year’s “Opera on Wheels” performance of “Romeo and Juliet.”
For a true theatrical experience, you can watch the students read the lines in person. The event is open to the public and takes place at the Sylvania branch of the Toledo Lucas County Library System; our students’ performance is scheduled in the 10AM - 10:30AM slot.
In addition to our students’ performance, “Macbeth Day” includes interviews with the Toledo Opera’s creative team, performances by stars of the upcoming production, a choral work with Shakespeare text sung by the Woodward High School Choraliers, and conversations with library, Opera staff, and Toledo Opera Guild members.
(Thanks to retired OH teacher Steve Wipfli, a volunteer with the Toledo Opera, for connecting our school with this opportunity.)
The Sylvania Branch is at 6749 Monroe Street. For tickets to the Toledo Opera's performances, call 419-255-SING (7464).