Lowell Elementary School is again partnering this year with Boise State University, to offer
a free after-school drama program called “Shake It Up After-School.” Like many programs
at Lowell this year, funding has been reduced for this program due to the loss of Title I
funds. This has required some changes to the program, most significantly the need to limit
the number of students who will be able to participate in the program to 30 students.
This year there will be auditions for participants the week of Monday, January 23rd with
the following schedule:
Monday 1/23/20176: All interested 5th and 6th Graders
Tuesday 1/24/2017: All interested 4th graders
Wednesday 1/25/2017: Call-backs, by invitation
Thursday 1/26/2017: Call-backs, by invitation
In addition to acting potential, the program leaders will be looking for students who demonstrate effective
teamwork, careful listening skills, and a positive, collaborative attitude.
For those invited to participate, there will follow 27 sessions (Mondays – Thursdays for seven weeks; no
meeting on Presidents Day, 2/20) beginning Monday, January 30th and concluding with two performances on
Friday, March 17th. The sessions are scheduled as follows:
Dates: January 30-February 2, February 6-9, 13-16, 21-23, February 27-March 2,
March 6-10 and 13-16.
During these sessions, Lowell students will be coached and directed by undergraduates from Professor Matthew
Hansen’s ENGL 345 Shakespeare course at Boise State University to prepare a one-hour performance version
of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth. The program provides an introduction to Shakespeare and theatrical
performance that is interactive and fun. Mounting a performance is both hard work requiring discipline and
teamwork and a great deal of imaginative play.
This program runs Mondays through Thursdays for only seven weeks; if your student wishes to pursue other
after-school activities that will keep him or her from attending “Shake It Up After School” more than once a
week, please decide which activity is more important.
The program will conclude with two performances at Lowell Elementary, on Friday March 17th, at 2:30
p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Hansen and his program leaders would love to have some parent volunteers to help with the program.
Volunteers would help Dr. Hansen's students as they rehearse scenes, review lines with individual students or
small groups, and help to supervise craft or writing activities. Theater experience is in no way required: just a
willingness to help keep kids stay focused and on task. Ideally volunteers will be able to attend on a consistent
basis, for example, one day a week for the seven week duration of the program.
For additional information:
Please call or email Matthew C. Hansen, Ph.D.