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The Hamlet Pilot Project has as its goal to introduce underrepresented groups of high school students to the magic of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Hamlet.
Hub Theatre Group is very proud of the program and the kids who participated in the innovative "Hamlet Project" in May of 2015. Below is an explanation of the intent of the original project:
The Hamlet Pilot Project: An Explanation
There are populations of high school age children in Lubbock that don’t have access to the benefits of high level arts training. Many of them have the talent and ability to tell their stories, to find their voice and to show us their world. This project is designed to find those kids and give them that opportunity. The Hamlet Pilot Project has as its goal to introduce underrepresented groups of high school students to the magic of Shakespeare’s enduring classic, Hamlet.
In learning Hamlet, the participating students will not only be prepared to perform the play, but, in gleaning the themes of the play, will be given the opportunity to use the cutting edge theatrical technique of “devising” to write and perform a piece that, while guided by the themes of Hamlet, will represent their own stories and the sensibilities of their communities and environments. A shortened version of Hamlet and their own Hamlet-derived piece will be performed together.
The hope is that this process allows kids who might not have access to and attention from dedicated artists to be able to discover their ability to express their hearts and their stories. The hope is also that the participants will learn to appreciate the beauty of Shakespeare, find meaning in his work and teach us how that meaning might find expression in their own unique stories, and in their lives. The project will be executed in the following phases.