Sixteen La Cañada High School seniors took a field trip this week, but in reality, they were bringing the field trip, in the form of “Shakespearience,” to more than 3,000 students from all over Southern California.
“Shakespearience” draws thousands of students from Huntington Beach to Hesperia, Palmdale, Lancaster, Burbank and Glendale inside Glendale’s historic Alex Theater for a one-of-a-kind show. Performing at the event is a 13-year tradition for La Cañada High’s would-be actors and actresses.
“It’s a field-trip play designed to introduce middle and high school students to Shakespeare,” said Justin Eick, director of La Cañada High’s Theatre Department.
“Shakespearience” is almost like a medley of William Shakespeare’s works. The program integrates scenes from the classics “Romeo and Juliet,” “Hamlet,” “Macbeth,” “The Taming of the Shrew” and “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” into a single play.
A handful of seniors in La Cañada High’s advanced theater program perform the 90-minute production to a house filled with their peers. To date, more than 50,000 students and teachers have watched “Shakespearience.”