Hunts Point kids to bring Shakespeare alive

Photo by Stephanie Litsas

The cast of Twelfth Night rehearses.

By Stephanie Litsas

Hunts Point schoolchildren are speaking in Elizabethan English again.

For the fourth year, The Hunts Point Alliance for Children (HPAC) has partnered with the Shakespeare Society, bringing fifth and sixth graders together to put on a full original Shakespeare play.

The youngsters will perform Twelfth Night on Friday, May 21, at 6 p.m. at The Point’s Live from the Edge Theater, 940 Garrison Avenue. The following day, the company will get closer to Broadway, at the Five Angels Theater 789 10th Avenue, at 52nd Street, in Manhattan, on Saturday, May 22nd, at 6 p.m.

The group consists of about 50 students (20 actors, 20 chorus members, and 10 design team members) who come from Hyde Leadership Charter School, St. Ignatius, PS 48 and MS 424. Participants are recommended by their teachers to audition, and they show their dedication through the work they put in year-round.

This is the first year that the Ensemble has recruited its chorus from Hyde Leadership School. Baret, who has been with the Ensemble since its inception, thinks the addition is great, because it gives more kids, who “aren’t necessarily interested in acting, the opportunity to participate.”

For reservations, contact the Shakespeare Society at (212) 967-6805 or

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