St. Vrain Valley fifth-graders perform Shakespeare classics in Longmont's Thompson Park

St. Vrain Valley School District fifth-graders in the gifted and talented program to be or not to be'd and wherefore art thou Romeo'd in Longmont's Thompson Park on Friday morning as part of a districtwide unit on Shakespeare.

Teachers and volunteers set up five stages around the park and fifth-graders from 13 different schools converged on the luckily sunny day to perform popular Shakespeare works — "Macbeth," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Twelfth Night," "Hamlet," "The Taming of the Shrew," "Romeo and Juliet" and a selection of sonnets.

Carbon Valley Academy students performed "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on the northeast stage in the first slot of the morning. The audience sat on blankets, lawn chairs or camp chairs and watched the students act out Shakespeare's comedy.

Two large cardboard pillars with scenes painted on each side and a painted sheet as a backdrop served as the scenery and a canopy tent served as backstage, where students quick-changed between elastic-band fairy wings or homemade robes and togas.

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