As the master of ceremonies started, “…and the winner is…” a collective breath was sucked in by everyone in the auditorium. Drama teachers, coaches, students, parents, friends. It was that moment of anticipation before the release of tension in the finale which marks all great stories.
Shakespeare isn’t an easy piece of theatrics for many performers today. If it’s handled badly, many of the Bard’s plays can seem hopelessly melodramatic.
The updates provided by Shakespeare High though knock the ball out of the park and the Bard can stop spinning in his grave.
Stephen Holden of the New York Times said, “Most of the performances shown are inventive and energetic, and you wish more were shared in the film, along with the rehearsals that produced them.”
“One teacher talks about the “natural high” of theater, and you can feel it throughout. The stories of the Emesibe twins and Luis suggest that whole movies could be made about their lives,” said Holden.