Middle School Play
Since before Holland Hall moved to its present 81st Street location there have been plays produced in the Middle School. The Middle School began presenting plays in 1977 with a production of Our Town. Over the years Middle School students and faculty have performed Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Oliver, The Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie, Seussical, Much Ado About Nothing and Oklahoma! This thirty-year tradition continued in January of 2008 with the Holland Hall Middle School production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
It’s only been since 2004’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream that Middle School students have performed the works of Shakespeare. As both an entertainment and an educational tool, the plays of the bard provide a wonderful opportunity for students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. The rich text is full of double entendres giving students a chance to study their language in depth. The significance of Shakespeare’s plays give kids a look into history where they see people expressing the same range of emotions they experience in their modern lives.
Students who participate in the Middle School plays have a chance to bond with other kids while working hard toward an exciting end. The finished product is always a source of pride for kids at Holland Hall. Giving students the chance to work hard at something that requires creativity, attention to detail and ensemble skills is part of what makes attending Holland Hall Middle School such a rich and rewarding experience.