|'Twelfth Night' anti-bullying program in Colorado schools|
Shakespeare Festival's anti-bullying tour takes off
Bard's 'Twelfth Night' offers lessons to students
By Colleen O'Connor
The Denver Post
"When we first told people, they said, 'What? That's weird. How do those two things go together?' " said Jane Grady, assistant director for the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado, which is working in conjunction with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival on the campaign.
But after a month of performances of "Twelfth Night" in 25 schools across Colorado, which were followed by workshops in which kids talked about the character Malvolio and other bullies in the play, the results surprised the experts.
The plan was to do eight shows a week throughout October, which is National Bullying Prevention Month. Bookings were filled before the first rehearsal, so a fifth week was added.
"It's pretty amazing," Grady said. "Hopefully it will take off, because this is really a better way to get the message out."