Samantha Lopez / Tejano Tribune
Actual couple, Debbie Raynes and Marc Alverado playing Romeo and Juliet.
April 23 2016, is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, as well the 452nd anniversary of his birthday.
Shakespeare is the creator of many famous works such as “Romeo and Juliet,” “Othello,” “Julius Caesar,” “Hamlet,” “Macbeth” and many more.
Papagayo, the name that was created for this group of students participating in these events, paid tribute to Shakespeare by celebrating his birth/death.
They set up an area with many tables and activities specifically for children to learn about Shakespeare.
There was a table with models made out of Legos with the setting of some of Shakespeare’s pieces such as Romeo and Juliet and Othello.
Another table had brightly colored feathers in remembrance of the use feather as a writing utensil, the quill.
And a table that supported books with Shakespeare’s writings, a table where individuals could get wash-off “tattoos” commemorating Shakespeare, as well as two dogs dressed up as Romeo and Juliet.
The students who participated acted out scenes from Shakespeare as well as a short bit of a collaboration of Hamlet and Star Wars.
Afterwards, they then moved to the outside where they had set up their tables to present the different, creative ways to engage children in the world of Shakespeare.
Papagayo does many events similar to this and even go to elementary schools to read to children to promote literacy.
When asked about how well Charles Miller, English instructor, believed the event was going he replied, “It is chaotic fun.”
There were some issues with audio as the students where acting out their roles however that did not prevent the play from continuing on.
The event other than celebrating birth/death was to aid children according to Miller, the coordinator of this event and the administrator behind the Papagayos said, “El Paso is the fourth most illiterate city in the US and something needs to get done about that…if someone needs to start that ripple, we will be the pebble.”
While Miller was explaining this many students began jumping in adding how they enjoy what they do simply because it they want to help out the community.