Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Incredible Premiere of the Epic Romeo and Juliet Project

Today I went to Van Meter School to see a play that our students wrote, directed, produced, and advertised. The play is Romeo and Juliet. However, this one was very different than any I had seen before. The freshman at Van Meter and their incredible teacher Shawn Hyer have been working on this play for several weeks to create a modernized version of Romeo and Juliet.

And to make it even more unique....The Epic Romeo and Juliet Project was created with the freshman at Grosse Pointe South in Detroit and their amazing teacher Nick Provenzano. Nick and I met last year at ISTE 2010 in Denver, Colorado. We had a great conversation and brainstormed about several different things. One of the projects....a virtual, collaborative, modern Romeo and Juliet.

For weeks, I have watched the students write, film, collaborate, create, and connect to produce this incredible project. I know that it was stressful and crazy at times, but WOW was it worth it! As I sat in the activity center at Van Meter today, I was so proud of what everyone had accomplished.

Nick, Shawn, and all of the students at #VMGPS (the hashtag where you can follow our collaborative work).....You are rock stars! Thank you for inviting us all to share in your journey.

If you missed the premiere of The Epic Romeo and Juliet Project, you can VIEW IT HERE.


  1. Congrats to VM and GPS! What an AWESOME production. As a parent of a Van Meter student, I was blown away by the depth and interpretation of the project. I truly enjoyed watching the premiere. It is so exciting to see what our children do! Thanks for all YOU do, Shawn!

  2. I heartily congratulate VM and GPS for their marvelous production.
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