We are very excited, thanks to the Lynchburg City School’s Education Foundation, to host 100 Lynchburg city high school students at next month’s American Shakespeare Center production of Julius Caesar. Fifty students from Heritage High School and fifty students from EC Glass High School will be joining us on Sunday, January 17th in the Warehouse Theatre. Providing this opportunity is extremely important to the Academy. “We think the most important audience members that night will be these one hundred high school students,” said Geoffrey Kershner, Academy Executive Director.
The reason for this is not frivolous. New research proves this.
According to a recent study by University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform, taking students on field trips to live theater enhances tolerance, empathy, and literary knowledge. This new research found that simply reading and watching movies of Hamlet and A Christmas Carol could not account for the increase in knowledge experienced by students who attended live performances of the plays.
Read a full article on the study here: http://educationnext.org/learning-live-theater/
This new research examines the impact on students who attended high-quality theater productions of either Hamlet or A Christmas Carol. The research found that viewing these productions led to enhanced knowledge of the plot, increased vocabulary, greater tolerance and improved ability to read the emotions of others.
Bringing American Shakespeare Center’s world class production to Lynchburg and making sure that area students have access to this production is crucial to our mission of serving our community through arts and culture. We hope that you will consider joining these students on Sunday, January 17th and we hope you might bring a student in your life.
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