October 18, 2016
BEN R. WILLIAMS
MARTINSVILLE-Area high school students sampled the milk of human kindness, thanks to two trips to The American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton. They were both sponsored by the For Alison Foundation.
Barbara Parker, mother of the late Alison Parker and board member of the For Alison Foundation, said the non-profit foundation’s mission is to give students arts opportunities they might not have otherwise.
With that in mind, the foundation sponsored two trips to the Blackfriars Playhouse. Last Thursday, students from Magna Vista High School traveled to the theatre to see Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night,” and this Thursday, students from Bassett High School will travel to Staunton to see the show.
High school students often have to read Shakespeare’s works, Parker said, but his plays were not meant to be read; they were meant to be performed.
“They read it, and they don’t get it,” Parker said. “It’s like a foreign language, and they’re bored.”
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