Last week, students at Joliet Catholic Academy celebrated William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with the annual Shakespeare Fest. Shakespeare Fest is a daylong event that invites students and staff to partake in many festivities throughout the day. Students dressed in Shakespearean garb, from simple tights with a flowing blouse to full blown Elizabethan dress.

Some of the highlights of the day included Shakespearean soliloquys, scene reenactments, swordfights, Shakespeare themed movie guessing games, and dances. Reenactments, music, and skits were performed from a multitude of Shakespeare’s 37 plays, 154 sonnets and assorted poems. Of these, there was comedy and drama- the kind Shakespeare was so adept at making coming to life.

Throughout the day students and “VIP’s”, including Shakespeare Fest founder Sheila Fry and fellow retiree Cheryl Rybarczyk, marveled at the legacy of William Shakespeare brought to life by JCA’s seniors.

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