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English teacher brings Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ to life

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A bloody handprint on top of a book marks the spot of the first clue. Within the book lies a message: “Many a man has lost his life. Upon my dagger a bloody knife. Though swear I saw them rise again … seeking flesh for mortal’s sin. Find the bodies that I hide, stick your courage and crawl inside.”

Time is ticking. The killer is coming. They must move on.

Seniors at Greenwood Community High School had 50 minutes to solve a murder mystery through the use of literary elements and clues made by English teacher Alicia Tersptra.

Throughout September, the students read and analyzed the famous Shakespeare play “Macbeth.” The play begins with a trio of witches who deceive Macbeth in foretelling his future. In order to gain the throne, Macbeth kills off all who stand in his way.

After becoming King of Cumberland, he continues to murder all those who are suspicious of him. This knocks off the natural order of things and pushes his kingdom into chaos.

Like all tragic heroes, Macbeth leads himself to his ultimate doom, and he is killed. His fatal flaw: ambition.

But, unlike Macbeth, Terpstra would not be slain.

Tersptra led her students through a series of twists and turns throughout the school, including a blacked-out (and terrifying) auditorium with creepy circus music.

Clues written in poetic form were hidden for the students to find at each location, some hidden to the point of crawling with knee-pads in the dark with nothing but a UV flashlight.

She ended the activity back at her classroom, where she supplied her students with Nerf guns, ammunition and safety goggles.

The point of the activity was to allow her students to take what they had learned from “Macbeth” and just have fun with it.

Nerf darts fly; every classmate is for himself. The serial killer is revealed. Scene.

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