Shakespeare at Bromwell!


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Welcome! That's me, Steve Replogle, in the upper left-hand corner of your screen. I'm also known somewhat abbreviatedly as Mr. R, and I teach fourth grade at Bromwell Elementary School. I love our school, and I am proud to be a part of Denver Public Schools, the home of the largest student Shakespeare festival in the world. I have participated with my students in the DPS Shakespeare Festival since 1997, when my daughter was in the second grade at Bromwell. That's twenty years!
Directly above this text is a photo from one of my earliest productions for the DPS Shakespeare Festival. It's The Two Gentlemen of Verona. I believe I am the only teacher in Denver to have produced a scene from every one of Shakespeare's plays. Sure, lots of teachers produce scenes from Romeo and Juliet or The Tempest. I've done those myself. But not many teachers have tackled Coriolanus, Titus Andronicus, or Troilus and Cressida! I've done a scene or two from each, and I've also produced scenes from all those historical plays that are so easily confused. You know, Henry the Fourth Part One and Part Two, Henry the Sixth Parts One, Two, and Three, and so on. I've done them all!
Every year, there are a number of exciting scenes that my students bring to the stage. Some are old favorites and some are completely new. This site provides a lot of information about my Shakespeare activities. Beginning Januray 23rd, we will start our rehearsals for the next DPS Shakespeare Festival. It will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017.
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Here I am with my performers in 2005. These children are now in college!

My Shakespearean Club... or perhaps, mini-clubs
My club is divided into three smaller groups, one each for Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. I try to organize the actors for these days carefully, looking for a good balance between boys and girls, grade levels, and students who've performed with me before and students who haven't. I have also worked hard to find scenes and roles that will be fun and meaningful for the actors. Help them remember, please, that there are no "stars" - every role is important to the production. Each afternoon group will function as an small acting troupe, with actors helping each other by playing a various roles in most scenes.

Shakespeare Rehearsals Daily, 3:15 - 4:15
When the school day is over at 3:15, students may come to my classroom. They can have an after school snack (if they bring one, that is). Students should always bring their scripts and be ready to rehearse.

Rehearsals will be run workshop-style. I will begin with a short presentation, and then students will divide into small groups to memorize lines or practice their gestures and movements. At the end of the rehearsal, students will perform their scenes for each other

Rehearsal concludes at 4:15. I'll release students to the front lobby of our school.