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The Shakespeare Tercentenary

Excerpt from The Shakespeare Tercentenary: Suggestions for School and College Celebrations of the Tercentenary of Shakespeare's Death in 1916 The celebration in schools and colleges of the Tercentenary of Shakespeare's death in 1916 affords one of the best possible opportunities to vitalize and coordinate the work done in a group of interrelated subjects. This is the group involved in the highest and most inclusive form of art. the drama; and it comprises literature, music, art. the handicrafts, such as shopwork and sewing, and physical education. The celebrations of schools may be of large variety; they may range from those given by a single school as a whole, or by a part of a school, to those given by all the schools of a community in concert, or as forming part of a general community celebration. The festivals may take place either indoors or outdoors; in school assembly rooms and auditoriums, in school yards, public parks and gardens, or open field and forest. Such school celebrations will bring the children into lino with the various forms of adult celebration planned on a large scale throughout the country, and their own juvenile effort will enable them to bring a keener appreciation to more mature productions. Stress may be laid first of all upon the opportunity for coordination, especially of literature, the focal subject, with music and the mimetic arts of dance and drama. A new emphasis is needed in literary work upon the fact that literature is primarily something to be heard; something declaimed or sung or dramatically interpreted, and not merely a matter of print. School music should become more deliberately the handmaid of literature, and should include very many more of the singable lyrics memorized and studied in the English classes than is commonly the case. Physical education, which everywhere includes now the dance (both folk-dances and interpretative dances, or dance-drama), should have relation, through the words of old singing-games and the delightful old tunes, with literature and music; it should be utilized both for school celebrations and for social groups outside the school - in the home, the club, and the Sunday school. The art and the handicrafts of the manual training departments may well profit by the impetus which is gained by directing them toward immediately practical and enjoyable uses. If school time is begrudged, the work may be planned at the school for execution at home. In the case of high schools and colleges it is well to take into consideration the possibility of using commencements and class-days as festival occasions, and also of utilizing drama clubs, glee clubs, mandolin and guitar clubs and choruses in connection with celebrations. It will readily be seen what enriching and helpful parts these voluntary organizations might play; or, in the absence of any other form of school and college celebration, how they might of themselves supply the festival, pageant, or dramatic entertainment. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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