During Wrentham Reads enjoy the work of William Shakespeare at one of the events listed below or indulge in “Will The Bard” on your own or with friends and family through his poetry, plays and many movies, books, and music that have been based on his life and work. The plan is to reach out to all age groups and ultimately encourage them, in their own way, to share in an appreciation for Shakespeare. Wrentham Reads will kick-off on February 28th with An Evening All About Shakespeare at Dean College and special events will take place throughout town during the months of March and April and May. Perhaps, come May we will have all become Bardolators!
Event details below.
Feb. 27th — Romeo and Juliet ticket drawing Fiske Library.
Feb. 28th — Kick off at Dean College. Pre-talk by David Krasner, Dean of the Arts followed by a live performance of Romeo and Juliet.
Stop into the Library to see the post card entries. Post Card Contest, King Philip community. Contest & awards for grades 7-12. Post cards were welcome from all ages for a People’s Choice Award. Exhibition at the Fiske Public Library. VOTE AT THE LIBRARY FOR YOUR FAVORITE!
Mar. 11th — Film Senior Center.
Mar, 27th — Book Group Senior Center.
Apr. 13th — Hampstead Players, Fiske Library, Grades 4-12 and adults.
May 23th — Children’s Workshop, Fiske Library, Grades 2-6.
- Wednesday, February 27th the Fiske Public Library will hold a special drawing for two tickets to the Wrentham Reads kickoff event, held on Feb. 28th, which features a presentation on Shakespeare and the Dean College live production of Romeo and Juliet (more info below). Tickets are provided by the Friends of the Fiske. To win enter by Wednesday, February 27th at 4 PM. The drawing will take place at 4:30 and winners will be notified immediately. Enter to win at the Fiske Library circulation desk, here on this website at the Ticket Drawing page, or send an email to email@example.com or enter on Facebook (send us a FB message). How easy is that! Enjoy!
- Thursday, February 28th 6 PM: “An Evening All About Shakespeare”. Dean College. A special presentation by the Dean of the Arts. Following the presentation, enjoy the College’s production of Romeo and Juliet on the Dean College Main Stage. Theatre tickets are $10. Call the Dean Box Office at 508-541-1605 and ask for the Wrentham Reads event. Mr. Krasner’s pre-talk presentation is a gift to Wrentham Reads. Tickets are not required, the presentation is free. All ages are welcome to join us for this special evening. Attend the presentation or performance or both. It will be a wonderful way to re-acquaint yourself with Shakespeare and for those who are new to the Bard, especially students, a nice introduction to his work and the Elisabethan era. In-kind support for An Evening All About Shakespeare presentation provided by Dean College.
- We are thrilled that on Monday, March 11th at 1 p.m. the Wrentham Senior Center will show Franco Zeffirelli’s film Romeo and Juliet. The Senior Center is at 200 Taunton Street.Filmed in 1968 it stars Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting. The film’s prologue and epilogue are spoken by Laurence Olivier. Some viewers may recognize that Michael York is Tybalt. The film won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design.
- On Wednesday, March 27th at 3 p.m. the Senior Center will hold a book discussion about another romantic story written by a Brit, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. Ms. Simonson and Shakespeare have something in common, in that although she now lives in Brooklyn, NY, she is originally from England. Also, like Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Simonson in her story explores whether love can survive when the couple is faced with differences of culture and tradition. The book is is a story about two people who normally would not be together — star-crossed lovers, who like Romeo and Juliet fall in love at their first real encounter. Complete with tea and scones the afternoon sounds divine. Contact the Council on Aging about how to get a copy of the book and for additional details at 508-384-5425.
- Saturday, April 13th, Fiske Public Library. 1:30 PM. The Hampstead Players. Experience the words of William Shakespeare through his eyes. The players will present “Shakespeare for Kids III” which is geared toward grades 4-12 (adults may enjoy it too).The audience will meet the accomplished Bard and his wife, Anne Hathaway, while he is writing The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, and Twelfth Night. Through their romance and the words of his sonnets, you will experience Shakespeare’s classics come alive with imagination, swordplay, and love. Introduced are some of Shakespeare’s most famous works, and Elizabethan life. The groups interactive educational tours run year-round using elaborate sets and are performed by two professional actors, each playing multiple roles, changing costumes throughout the performance. Their scripts are original adaptations, based directly on literary classics. The plays last one hour, with a question and answer session following the performance. Free tickets will be available at the circulation desk on March 1. Canned-good donations will be gratefully accepted for the Wrentham Food Pantry. A special shout out of thanks to the Children’s Librarian and the Fiske Library who arranged this presentation. Support for the Hampstead Players is being provided by a SWEATT Fund grant.
- An IPad Mini drawing for students in the King Philip community. All KP students will be eligible to enter a grand prize drawing to win an IPad Mini. Awards will also be given for the Most Creative Design, the Most Technologically Innovative Design, and for the Best Use of Shakespeare’s Work. A cross-disciplinary competition; for students of all subjects. All ages are welcome to submit post cards to be displayed and to vote for the your favorite “people’s choice” post card. Funding for this Wrentham Reads Shakespeare project is provided by the Friends of the Fiske Library.
- A Wrentham Reads Shakespeare, Children’s Workshop with Ned Fitzgerald at the Fiske Public Library. Thursday, May 23th from 4:00-5:30 for grades 2-6. Sign up at the library’s circulation desk. Students will perform a skit for parents and friends at the end. Costumes and props will be provided. The program is free but canned good donations will be gratefully accepted for the Wrentham Food Pantry. The program is being funded by the Friends of the Fiske Library.
Ned Fitzgerald is a life long resident of Wrentham. Ned was very active in King Philip Middle and High School Drama Clubs. As a major player through those years he has given many memorable performances for local residents. Ned is now enrolled at Ithaca College New York studying theatre and acting including a recent study abroad program in London England. Ned spent the summer of 2012 as an intern for the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and was a cast member in the main stage open air play on the Boston Common in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. He was also seen in various venues around Boston and on the waterfront cast as Romeo in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as part of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s “Tour of the Parks” production entitled Shakespeare on Love.