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Despite big name, Shakespeare school still feels cuts

by Mary Plummer | Take Two

Students from Rafe Esquith's Hobart Shakespeareans perform in this year's production The Tempest. Kurt Ingham

For decades, superstar teacher Rafe Esquith has staged Shakespeare plays with students from Hobart Boulevard Elementary School in LA's Koreatown. Most of the kids come from low-income families and English isn't their first language. 

His success has been very public. He's written several books, been featured in a PBS documentary, and counts Oprah Winfrey and Sir Ian McKellen among his fans. But the notoriety hasn't spared Hobart Elementary from statewide cuts to school arts programs. 

KPCC's Mary Plummer sat in on this year's play, and tells us how the school has changed since he arrived.

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