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ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE
“ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE.”
Sapphire International School’s English Department conducted a special assembly on the 23rd of April 2022, to celebrate the birth anniversary of the one and only literary super giant, William Shakespeare. Fondly referred to as the Bard of Avon, Shakespeare was an English poet, dramatist, and actor often called the English national poet and considered by many to be the greatest dramatist of all time. Shakespeare occupies a position unique in world literature. His plays written in the late 16th and 17th centuries for a small repertory theatre are now performed and read more often and in more countries than ever before. The prophecy of his great contemporary, the poet and dramatist Ben Jonson, that Shakespeare “was not of an age, but for all time,” has been fulfilled.
The program commenced with a beautiful song led by Mr. Taj Angelus of the Music Department.
The students of Grade 6 brought us into the theatrical world with their performance of the famous
THREE WITCHES, also known as the WEIRD SISTERS OR THE WAYWARD SISTERS from the play MACBETH. The witches, provide Macbeth’s primary call to action, but eventually leads Macbeth to his demise, and they hold a striking resemblance to the three Fates of Classical Mythology.
“SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO A SUMMER’S DAY?”
Few collections of poems—indeed, few literary works in general—intrigue, challenge, tantalize, and reward as do Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Aashi of Grade 9 gave an enthralling sonnet recitation that mesmerized every single one of us.
“FRIENDS, ROMANS, COUNTRYMEN, LEND ME YOUR EARS; I COME TO BURY CAESAR,”
Delivered beautifully by Shazmah of Grade 10 was the Mark Anthony’s speech from Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESAR which is a master-class of irony and the way rhetoric can be used to say one thing but imply something quite different without ever naming it.
The entire assembly was meticulously compered by Saanvi of Grade 9.
The program concluded with an address by the Principal who lauded the efforts of the participants of this Special Assembly …