PISCATAWAY, NJ – At the start of Thursday’s school board meeting, students from Piscataway’s Quibbletown Middle School presented an excerpt from playwright, William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of their promotion of the school’s March performance schedule.
Eight members of the Quibbletown Players performed part of Act V, Scene 1 of the play in the administrative building’s multipurpose room, drawing laughter from the parents and board members in attendance.
“They are just beginning to learn their lines, so this is great practice for the students,” said the play’s director, Jon Zengerle, a 7th Grade math teacher at the school.
A few of the students wore props and costumes as they acted out their lines, and incorporated some pantomime help stage the scene.
“The confidence we have in our teachers is impressive,” said the board’s vice president, Alexandra Lopez who along with other board members spoke about how much they enjoyed the performance and how a well a math teacher could bring out the ‘inner actor’ in the students.
William Gonzalez, the school’s principal marveled over how well the diverse group of students worked together. “It’s always great when we can use Shakespeare to motivate the kids,” he said.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream will run March 16 and 17 at 7 p.m., and March 18 at 1 p.m. at Quibbletown Middle School, 99 Academy Street. Tickets are $5 each.
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