Students at Bayside Academy in Daphne put on quite a show Friday morning. The seven and eight year olds performed a play about the “Life and Times of William Shakespeare.”
It has been a production at the school for 16 years. Fairhope actor Graham Timms wrote the play from a book. Scenes from Julius Cesar, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet were added by Bayside teachers.
The play tells a story about Sir Lawrence O’Liverspots, a “world-renowned” Shakespearean director, who has been asked to direct a play at Bayside. However, he is not happy when he discovers that his actors are first graders. But eventually, the students win him over with their knowledge of Shakespeare.
First grade teachers Linda Lott and Tootsie Bryant helped direct the play. The costumes were designed by some of the students’ grandparents.
Shakespeare died on his 52nd birthday in April 1616.