Shakespeare is an absolute favorite here at CSDC. We can’t seem to stay away from his plays! But I guess that isn’t a huge surprise, because neither can the rest of the world! The Royal Shakespeare Company sells more than half a million tickets for Shakespeare productions at their theatres each year. In fact, Shakespeare is the second most quoted writer in the English language. (The Bible is the most quoted.) Clearly, William Shakespeare has made his mark.
William Shakespeare wrote 37 plays, 154 sonnets, and much more. Most scholars are convinced that we aren’t even aware of everything he wrote. Even the Oxford English Dictionary has given credit to William Shakespeare for adding thousands of words to the English language. Does anyone still doubt the greatness of this playwright?
However, some individuals wonder why Shakespeare is still so popular today. I mean, he died 400 years ago, right? Why are his plays still performed and being read every day in high schools and theatres across the country? First of all, his plays have a universal appeal. Audiences are able to relate to the situations because people of all time periods experience things such as love, loss, betrayal, vengeance. We are able to relate to Shakespeare’s characters because they are flawed and complex, just like the rest of us.
Shakespeare’s plays have been performed all over the world in almost every language. Crystal Sea Drama Company teaches their students all about Shakespeare. Advanced Shakespeare students learn scenes and compete every year. In February, CSDC will proudly be performing Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare. There is more information on our website’s performances page, as well as our Facebook page. We hope you will join us!
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