Play On: The event
A sharing of original poetry and music inspired by
Saturday January 26, 2013
The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles recently concluded Play On an after-school employment program. After close reading of Macbeth, the novice writers of Play On put their own spin on Shakespeare’s themes of love, betrayal, devastating decisions, and spooky situations. It just might change the way you think about Shakespeare.
In Twelfth Night, Duke Orsino declares: “If music be the food of love – play on!” But little did Shakespeare know that this beloved (and oft-quoted) line would inspire an after school program combining music education, songwriting, sound design, poetry, dramatic writing and wage-paying jobs for youth in our community.
Like our nationally recognized, award-winning Will Power to Youth program, Play On! participants study a single play. But instead of staging a full adaptation, they create a collection of original songs, poems and soliloquies.
During the 10-week session, youth gain valuable workplace skills. They also get the unique opportunity to be mentored by industry professionals in songwriting, poetry, sound engineering or sound production.