Bullying Discussion At Center Of Shakespeare Festival


WOULDN’T KEEP COMING CLOSE TO PEOPLE. OFFICERS USED BEANBAG ROUNDS AND THE ANIMAL DID EVENTUALLY MOVE ON. SHAKESPEARE USES A TOOL TO PREVENT VIOLENCE. IT MAY SOUND A LITTLE BACKWARDS, BUT IT SEEMS TO WORK. COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL IS USING THEATER TO TEACH MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ABOUT TOUGH ISSUES LIKE BULLYING. KAREN CAUGHT A PERFORMANCE THIS AFTERNOON. THE GOAL IS TO TAKE THEIR SHOW ACROSS COLORADO. Reporter: THEY ARE CALLED THE COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL FOR A WEEKEND AND WANT TO LIVE UP TO THE NAME BY BRINGING LIVE PERFORMANCES TO EVERY COUNTY ACROSS THE STATE IN AS MANY SCHOOLS AS POSSIBLE GIVING STUDENTS A NEW LOOK AT A UNIQUE WAY AT LOOKING AT VIOLENCE AND HOW TO PREVENT IT. DOUBLE, DOUBLE, TOIL AND TROUBLE. Reporter: WHAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE A NIGHT AT THE THEATER IS ACTUALLY A LEARNING OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS AT THE ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL IN WESTMINSTER. IT WAS CONFUSING, BUT IT WAS GOOD. Reporter: 8th GRADER AUTUMN TORRES AND CLASSMATES WATCHED A LIVE PERFORMANCE OF “MacBETH.” ACTORS WITH COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL ARE BRINGING THE EYE CONNICK PLAY INTO SCHOOLS ACROSS — ICONIC PLAY INTO SCHOOLS ACROSS THE STATE. WE TEAMED UP WITH VIOLENCE PREVENTION COUNSELORS AND WE REALIZED WHEN YOU PUT SHAKESPEARE AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION TOGETHER, THEY WORK. Reporter: THE GROUP’S OUTREACH DIRECTOR SAYS THE PLOT SETS THE STAGE FOR DISCUSSION ABOUT VIOLENCE AND EVEN BULLYING. WHO OR WHAT STARTED THE VIOLENCE? I THINK IT’S A CREATIVE WAY TO SHOW PEOPLE MY AGE THE PERSPECTIVE OF BEING BULLIED. Reporter: AFTERWARDS, THEY MOVE INTO THE CLASSROOMS WORKING SIDE BY SIDE WITH STUDENTS THROUGH DIFFERENT SCENARIOS. THEY ASKED THE QUESTION HERE IS THE SITUATION MacBETH WAS IN AND HERE IS WHAT MacBETH DID. HOW WOULD YOU DO THINGS DEFINITELY? Reporter: WHILE THE DIALOGUE IS TOUGH TO FOLLOW AT TIMES, TORRES SAYS THE MESSAGE AT THE END OF THE DAY WAS CLEAR. YOU DON’T ALWAYS HAVE TO GO WITH WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY, BUT YOU CAN GO WITH WHAT YOU THINK IS BEST. Reporter: THEY’VE ALREADY REACHED OVER 100,000 STUDENTS. THEIR GOAL IS TO BRING LIVE