You'll fall in love with K.R.U.S.H.

By PATRICIA VANSANT Special to The State Journal Published:

The Frankfort Arts Foundation is presenting performance workshops by Kentucky Shakespeare Festival professional actors entitled K.R.U.S.H. (Keeping Relationships Upbeat, Safe, and Healthy) or Creative Conflict Resolution in Frankfort High School, Franklin County High School, and Western Hills High School this week. These performances are part of FAFs Artists-in-the-Schools Program.

A Contribution in memory of Joshua Benjamin Mann by Maria and Marvin Mann, the Franklin County Trust for Historic Preservation, Kentucky State University, and the Center of Excellence for the Study of Kentucky African Americans (CESKAA) are the corporate sponsors for both events.

These performance workshops are presented in partnership with the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and the Junior League of Louisville, co-founders of K.R.U.S.H.

Shakespearean actors/educators Kristie Rolape and Keith McGill will present these interactive workshops in the schools, exploring conflict resolution and relationship issues through the works of William Shakespeare. They will perform excerpts from the following plays: Taming of the Shrew (Act 2, Scene 1), Macbeth (Act 1, Scene 7), and The Tempest (Act 3, Scene 2).

These scenes were chosen to be part of K.R.U.S.H. because they explore the range and complexities of human relationships and encourage thoughtful discussion between the audience (students) and workshop leaders, said Doug Sumey, Director of Education and Lead Facilitator for the Teaching Tolerance and Conflict Resolution Program of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.

Through this discovery process we see how Shakespeare demonstrates, time and time again, through comedy and tragedy, the negative outcomes of anger and hostility as solutions. It will be an enjoyable program.

Dr. Anita Barbee of the Junior League wrote the curriculum in collaboration with the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.

Within each performance and interactive performance workshop, actors perform scenes from three of Shakespeares plays. The scenes have been selected and staged to reflect the relevant and contemporary nature of Shakespeare's works. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the works of William Shakespeare to Frankfort and Franklin County," said Sumey.

Sumey adds that students will have the opportunity to view scenes and monologues by the companys professional actors in an assembly and, then, in following break-out sessions, will be able to discuss the text and characters of the scenes and monologues, as well as, create scenes.

It will help students identify and recognize theatrical works from different cultures, periods, and styles. All school performances will be designed to meet Kentucky State Department of Education (KERA) Core Content Standards for drama, said Sumey.

And it is our hope that the performances of K.R.U.S.H. will not only fit nicely into each schools academic goals, but also will provide the students a jumping off point for further exploration and discovery of William Shakespeare's works.

We are most thankful for our partnership with the Frankfort Arts Foundation to make this opportunity possible for the students of Frankfort and Franklin County.

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival is a year-round non-profit theatre dedicated to providing professional, classical theatre and high quality educational outreach programs throughout the region. It was incorporated in 1960 and designated by the Kentucky Legislature in 1984 as the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.

Its touring program, Shakespeare Alive!, is designed to address the KERA Core Content for the Arts & Humanities and National Standards for the Arts & Humanities, and, since 1990, the tour has served over 350,000 students in all Kentucky counties. The Festival has also toured into Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

The mission of the Frankfort Arts Foundation is to promote cultural enrichment through artistic and educational endeavors.

Patricia Terry Vansant is the executive director of the Frankfort Arts Foundation.

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