Shakespeare on Base

Joseph Henderson, acting director for the Shakespeare on Base program on Fort Bragg. Henderson, former executive director of the Walltown Children’s Theater in Durham, said he was inspired to provide arts enrichment opportunities to children on military bases by a speech about aiding military Families. The program was offered free of charge thanks to sponsorship by United Way of Cumberland County who used a grant from the Youth Growth Stock Trust as well as partnerships with Fayetteville car dealerships to pull together the nearly $20,000 needed for the program. The students sampled three of Shakespeare’s plays: “Romeo and Juliet,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Macbeth” as well as several dance performances and two songs. Henderson said he chose the three plays to give the students a good introduction to Shakespeare, with two tragedies and one comedy.

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