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A youthful approach to Shakespeare

April 9, 2010 |  3:56 pm

WILL Shakespeare is all the rage.

Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Keanu Reeves -- and other notable celebs — added the star touch to "Much Ado About Nothing" Monday night at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. And Friday night the kids over at Nevin Avenue Elementary School in South Central L.A. are offering their youthful touch to Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

A group of second- through fifth-graders, also known as “The Shakespearites,” will be reciting the words of an icon in literature — a daunting task for even the best of English speakers. So for these students, whose first language is Spanish, performing the words of the Bard is a feat.

“The Shakespearites” has received support from the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, which produces unique programs and events designed to make Shakespeare accessible to all, has loaned set pieces and invited the children to participate in workshops and attend performances.

--Yvonne Villarreal

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Friday, 6 p.m. Free. Nevin Avenue Elementary School, 1569 East 32nd St., Los Angeles. (323) 232-2236