SAA's Shakespeare Festival was a day filled with entertainment, education, and adventure. The day began with an Opening Ceremony that included Queen Elizabeth and her ladies in waiting, William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and the very humorous Court Jesters. Students listened to a performance by the SAA Madrigal Singers and Mr. Dane Thomas, accompanied by Martin, an 8th grade student. Students also watched a fencing demonstration and learned about Falconry from a professional falconer. Following the ceremony, students wandered through Westminster Market Place and met experts in various fields (5th grade Social Studies students), including an archer, an apothecary, and many, many more. The 6th grade LA students' feature film, based on Julius Cesaer, played continuously in the market place where students wrote insults, created sonnets, visited scientists, saw an oracle, played court games, ate baked goods, and were formally knighted (7th and 8th grade LA students). Walmer Castle (library) was filled with story telling and crafts, and the Globe Theatre (Black Box) featured Shakespearean scenes and monologues (Drama students), more madrigal singing (SAA Chorus), and several musical performances (5th-8th grade music students). A school-wide parade, led by Queen Elizabeth, Shakespeare, and Marlowe traveled around the school. In the afternoon, 7th and 8th grade LA students assumed the roles of historical figures from the Elizabethan Era and performed their original skits in both the Enchanted Forest from A Midsummer Night's Dream (created by 7th grade LA/Latin students) and the Queen's Antechamber (created by 7th grade LA students). From Junior Kindergarten to 8th grade, the SAA community came together and collaborated on and enjoyed a wonderful, fun-filled day! Special thanks to all families who baked and donated goods! Huzzah!