Jaffrey-Rindge Annual Shakespeare Festival
Since 1993, the Shakespeare Festival has been a collaborative event that includes all four schools in the Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District. Though Shakespeare has been an integral part of Conant High School’s English curriculum for generations, the festival gives students of all grade levels an opportunity to study a single play each year for the purpose of production, and then exposes them to a variety of plays performed by students both younger and older than themselves.
Involving children of varying ability levels in a theatrical event and exposing them to what is typically regarded as difficult text has resulted in an increased confidence and desire to read more. When a child feels mastery of Shakespeare, he or she knows she can read anything. The world of the literate is broad indeed, and the Shakespeare Festival creates a home, a springboard, for journeys into entirely new worlds for the students of our district. Most importantly, it has given the communities of Jaffrey and Rindge an avenue to reveal all that is best in themselves: their pride in the arts and in local history.