The New Faces of Shakespeare, an affiliate program of Georgetown's Possum Point Players, meet monthly to celebrate the works of Shakespeare with lively scholastic conversation, play readings, and performance planning. Currently, the group is reading "Hamlet, Act III." And, you'll find no Shakespeare snobs in this group. All ages and all levels of knowledge are welcome.
1 To read or not to read…
Just like a Shakespeare play, the New Faces of Shakespeare is a seemingly complex group with many levels of participation and membership. However, dig a little deeper and the missions, motivations and subgroups all become clear: discuss Shakespeare, read Shakespeare, perform Shakespeare. It's that simple.
Right now, the group is reading Act III of "Hamlet." This means, depending on your level of shyness and the number of people at the meeting, you can participate by reading the role of a character or two or you can just listen.
NFS Executive Director Beverly Smith said that the kind-hearted people of her group do their best to make sure everybody's comfortable.
"If you want to read, that's great," Smith said. "But, you don't have to. We don't force people."
2 A mid-summer night's discussion
For the most part, the discussion phase of "Hamlet" is over and the group is strictly reading. However, important scenes and questionable characters always seem to warrant a little more conversation.
A master's degree is not necessary to join the dialogue, though. The diverse group represents every level of education from literature professors to high school seniors so new members need not worry over whether or not they possess a profound knowledge of the famed writer and his works.
"We're not intellectual snobs, you just have to have the desire and interest," Smith said. "Shakespeare wrote for the common man and we try to honor that."
3 Much ado about performing
The group also annually performs a Shakespeare play and they are currently working on next year's "Much Ado About Nothing." There is also a traveling troupe that comes to the aid of libraries and Shakespeare festivals all over southern Delaware.
They even have a new summer collaboration with the Rehoboth Art League to present, quite appropriately, garden productions of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The first performance will be at 4 p.m., Saturday, June 1 followed by performances on the first Saturday of the month in both July and August. And, there's still room for new members to lend a hand where they can with all kinds of technical support. Or, there's always room in the audience for loud applause.
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