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  • April Langley, who played Mortua in Conant High School’s rendition of “Et Tu, Mortua?”, gets upset with Mr. Shakespeare, who was played by Connor Ahern.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Mistress of Revels Cam McGee instructs some student volunteers during an improv exercise between performances.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • S.J. Barney played double duty during the Conant High School Drama classes’ version of “Et Tu, Mortua?,” playing Juliet and Portia.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Maximus Devore plays Romeo  during the Conant High School Drama classes’ version of “Et Tu, Mortua?,” on Friday.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Shakespeare Festival founder Marjorie Margolis watches Friday’s Shakespeare Festival from the back of the Meetinghouse in Jaffrey. Margolis was wearing a shirt from the inaugural festival.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Students and parents watch one of the Shakespeare Festival performances at the Jaffrey Meetinghouse. Students who are not performing are required to be attentive and watch their peers perform.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Connor Ahern performs as Mr. Shakespeare  during the Conant High School Drama classes’ version of “Et Tu, Mortua?” Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Mistress of Revels Cam McGee led the 25th annual Shakespeare Festival, something she has been doing for almost two decades now.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • A parent tries to capture Susan Crotto’s fourth grade classes’ rendition of “Hamlet” on her phone.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Senior Lily Germono, right, acts out the part of Brutus during her final Shakespeare Festival performance. Germono has participated in the past 11 festivals.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 2:51PM

Jaffrey’s Meetinghouse was once again replete with the words of William Shakespeare on Friday, as students from the Jaffrey-Rindge School District performed some of the playwright’s most notable works. 

The ten teacher-directed, student-acted plays were a part of the 25th annual Shakespeare Festival, a district-wide event that tasks students from second grade to senior year of high school to act out shorter versions of Shakespeare plays without paraphrasing.

“It’s such a unique experience,” said Mistress of Revels Cam McGee, who has been leading the festival for almost 20 years. “This is the only festival where I have an entire school district.”

McGee, who hails from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., says that she performs as the Mistress of Revels at three festivals a year, says that she enjoys coming to Jaffrey every year to work with the students. 

“The best part, for me, is working with the kids,” said McGee, who said she completely transforms when she puts of her Mistress of Revels costume. “I can’t say enough good things about the festival. I will come back for as long as they want me to.”

Senior Lily Germano, who has participated in the past 11 Shakespeare Festivals, said the festival is something she has looked forward to every year. 

“We get to hang out all day and watch some decent Shakespeare performances,” said Germano, who played Brutus in her AP Literature classes’ performance of “Julius Caesar.”

Germano, who said she started performing at Shakespeare Festival in second grade at the urging of her brothers, said that she is going to miss the annual event she has participate in for more than half of her life. 

“I’m definitely sad that it’s over,” said Germano, who participated in her last Shakespeare Festival on Friday. “I’m certainly glad that I did it. Hopefully the festival will continue for many years.”

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.