The Oak Park River Forest High School Shakespeare Slam Team advanced to the finals in the Battle of the Bard competition sponsored by Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Chicago Youth Shakespeare.
OPRF is one of eight teams advancing to the finals, which takes place on Tuesday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. on Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s main stage, 800 E. Grand Ave. in Chicago.
“Our students put forth some really creative and dynamic performances; their group piece, for example, is a five-minute mash-up of seven plays showing the ‘seven ages of man,’” according to the OPRF Communications Department.
The 2015 OPRF Battle of the Bard Slam Team is comprised of Sophia Carlin, Kelly Cerniglia, Colin Ford, Dallas Koelling, Jeremey Pesigan, and Olivia Zapater-Charette. The students are led by English teacher James Bell, who is becoming well-known for his Shakespeare expertise, according to the OPRF Communications Department.
More photos of the team in action can be viewed here: