Video: Schmitz Park Elementary’s Alki ‘Shakespeare flash mob’

June 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm | In Alki Statue of Liberty, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 8 Comments

ORIGINAL 12:05 PM NOTE: Sorry for the late notice, but we just got word of this – Craig Parsley‘s 5th-grade Shakespeare production from Schmitz Park Elementary is planning a “flash mob”-style performance at Alki by the Statue of Liberty around 12:30 pm. Spectators encouraged!

ADDED 4:00 PM: Photos and video – the troupe did a great job in a tough setting! Here’s the teacher/director with a few of his students just before the (invisible) curtain rose on “Midsummer Night’s Dream”:

We didn’t fire up the video camera fast enough to hear him shout the announcement of the “flash mob,” but here’s some video from the first few moments (as he explained to them on the sideline, lots of “ambient” noise):

No costumes or set – but a few props:

Well, OK, there was ONE bit of costumery:

The play was performed recently at school – one performance for their fellow students, one in the evening for parents/community.

Shakespeare has been a tradition in Mr. Parsley’s classes at Schmitz Park; he’s moving to K-5 STEM at Boren next year and told us recently he was hoping to take the tradition along.


  1. Hopefully pictures or video from someone please!

    Comment by KD — 12:10 pm June 19, 2012 #

  2. Very cool and fun idea, I wish I would have been there.
    Is that Craig Parsley, the famous track star from GHHS in the 70′s?

    If it is, Craig, we go way back.

    Comment by Bill at Duwamish Head — 6:23 pm June 19, 2012 #

  3. To: Bill at Duwamish Head

    Yes…the same Craig Parsley from GHHS.

    Comment by Craig Parsley — 7:45 pm June 19, 2012 #

  4. craig, email me

    Comment by Bill at Duwamish Head — 6:13 am June 20, 2012 #

  5. Well done, Craig! Graham Crackers would be pleased.

    Comment by Roberta Laidman — 8:47 am June 20, 2012 #

  6. That was a great deal of fun!! Pure talent!

    Comment by Rolando Salinas — 9:31 am June 20, 2012 #

  7. Love it! The horse head costume is the coolest!

    Comment by Lea — 2:10 pm June 20, 2012 #

  8. Absolutely brilliant! Thank you Schmitz kids for making West Seattle such a lovely place to live.

    Comment by evergreen — 10:26 pm June 20, 2012 #

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