HMB Shakespeare: Educational Touring Troupe

"Study what you most affect." (The Taming of the Shrew, 1:1:40)

As we open our third production, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Half Moon Bay Shakespeare Company is simultaneously preparing for the launch of our Educational Touring Troupe this fall. Our Touring Troupe will perform collections of Shakespeare’s greatest scenes in schools throughout theCoastside, San Mateo County, and the greater Bay Area. In addition to the performance, the troupe will visit classrooms to deliver an introduction to the material, lead a Q&A session which will follow the show, and provide educational supplements for teachers. It is our belief that this pre- and post-performance interaction with students and the supporting materials will allow faculty to incorporate the material presented into a broader humanities pedagogy.

We wish to bring Shakespearean theatre to young people at no cost to participating schools. To do that, we need to completely fund our performances through grants and donations. Each performance will cost $1,300. This pays for cast, crew, props, costumes, transportation, and all supplemental educational materials. This CommitChange campaign will fund seven shows, one at each school in our local Cabrillo Unified School District, and thus we are requesting $9,100. Should we fall short of this goal, we will perform as many shows as we have the funding for, supplementing with grant money to fill our per-show budget. If we raise more than this amount, we will expand into Pescadero’s and Pacifica’s school districts (and beyond!).

Our Outreach and Education Program was created to bring Shakespearean theatre to the classroom and cultivate a lifelong love of the arts in the next generation. We believe that exposure to the arts is an essential part of child development and ignites a spark of curiosity, encouraging students to explore the world more thoroughly and creatively. Arts education scaffolds learning at every level and in every discipline, yet it is consistently losing support and funding. It is our long term goal to develop in-school Shakespeare programs centered on performance-based curricula. We plan to change lives, society, and the world through arts education – and you can help us do that!

Thank you so much for your support. “Let Shakespeare Thrive!”