Renaissance comes to St. Ann School with a dash of Shakespeare

Matt Rapport of Heart of American Shakespeare runs young actors through their lines at St. Ann school.
Matt Rapport of Heart of American Shakespeare runs young actors through their lines at St. Ann school.

St. Ann Catholic School was filled with Renaissance men and women this week.

From kindergarten to eighth grade, the students spent two days in a Renaissance Immersion Project that had them studying the contributions of Michelangelo, DaVinci, Shakespeare and Galileo. The study had some entertainment built into the learning as well. The Heart of America Shakespeare Company not only performed, but ran workshops for two days for the students.

It was the first time at St. Ann for the company which provides Shakespeare education at area schools regularly, said the company’s Matt Rapport, who was joined by nine other members.

Students got a chance to write sonnets and learn lines from A Midsummer Night’s Dream that they could perform. The Bach Aria Soloists performed two concerts and and Kansas City Young Audiences provided Renaissance dance.

While STEM might have been a term foreign to Michelangelo and Galileo, students got a chance to see how the Renaissance men used STEM in their inventions and discoveries.