Attending artistic performances may be as important for kids as personally creating art.
“Connecting with the arts can have a tremendous impact,” said Amanda Giguere, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s director of outreach. “We are always asking, ‘How do these words, which were written by a poet 400 years ago, connect with my experience today?’ And we find they teach us about what it means to be present, to be human and about the power of language.” For young people in particular, the time-tested plays of William Shakespeare “help us to understand the perspective of other people and to develop empathy for people who are different from you,” she said. “There are all sorts of socio-emotional lessons in Shakespeare.”
The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, a theater company housed at the University of Colorado Boulder, has been presenting Shakespearean and Shakespeare-adjacent productions since 1958. This summer the festival will feature three plays by Shakespeare, “Much Ado About Nothing,” “King Lear,” and “The Winter’s Tale,” as well as “One Man, Two Guvnors” by Richard Bean. “Much Ado About Nothing” is a “great choice for kids,” Giguere said. “There’s nothing like sitting in the outdoor space, seeing the tips of the Flatirons and hearing live actors saying these words that have resonated across time.”
For tickets or more information, visit: cupresents.org/series/shakespeare-festival