Miracle Players - English theatre in Rome, Italy
Miracle Players

The New School

March 20, 2002

Anne Oakes, a teacher at the New School, enjoyed the summer production of “The History of Rome” so much that she invited us to the school. On a beautifully sunny 20th of March 2002, The Miracle Players performed outdoors on the school grounds for an audience of approximately 100 children aged from three to eleven.

Everyone participated in preparing the stage for the "The History of Rome".

While the elders figures out the logistics.... ...the younger eagerly thought better and showed their own initiative. There was even a little testing about people's knowledge of Roman history.

Finally everything was set for the unfolding saga of "The History of Rome". There remained only one small problem. The actors were on the wrong side of the stage!


The physicality of the acting style and the use of children’s toys for props renders the show good fun for a young audience, especially the parts where their participation is required.

The only criticism we received was from a young boy who was disappointed that we showed Caesar being killed on the steps of the Senate house. As we were using Shakespeare’s text at this point we went for the literary rather than the historical accuracy. But we have to give credit where credit is due and confess that Shakespeare did get it wrong. In fact, Caesar was assassinated in the theatre of Pompey. Bravo!

The Miracle Players extend a warms thanks to Anne Oakes, the staff and the students of the New School for the invitation to perform. We had a great time! (Especially Denise who finally found an audience that was smaller than she is!)


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