SHAK's staged theatrical projects are one-of-a-kind. From original historical pageants to kid-friendly masterwork adaptations of Shakespeare plays and Handel operas, they're always full of music, and sometimes they also include period dance. Kids in elementary through high school grades discover self-empowerment and empathetic insight of bringing stories to life together, plus the thrill of being onstage in costume; everyone makes new friends and finds a moment to shine. 

Master Finno's Songbook (2019)

An original SHAK pageant, with partial support from the Finlandia Foundation, based on Piae Cantiones, Finland’s famous 16th-century songbook

Performance photos by Karin Brookes courtesy of Early Music America; behind-the-scenes photos by Karin Brookes and Carmen Mettler

Serse in Berkeley (2018)

SHAK's own youth-focused adaptation of Handel's opera Serse, presented by the Berkeley Festival of Early Music 

Photos by Don Roberts

Performance in Seattle, May 2018, reviving our 2017 production before taking it on the road to Berkeley

Photos by Don Roberts