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The Bard’s works come alive for kids who take part in this acting troupe. It’s made up of 80 Rockland County youth aged eight to 18 who work together to produce five Shakespeare plays annually, which are performed primarily during the school year at various venues around the county. “We currently have three companies: the Knaves, eight-14 year olds; the Rogues, 14-18 year olds; and the Strange Bedfellows, adults who began as a group of enthusiastic parents and fans and are now a solid community theater company,” says Diana Green, the theater’s founder and creative director — as well as a trained Montessori teacher. The main goal of the nonprofit theater — last season’s shows included Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth — is to offer young thespians a chance to experience Shakespeare’s words, acquire acting skills, and share what they’ve learned with audiences made up of other kids and adults, Green says. And youngsters who are more comfortable behind the scenes can help with set design and costumes. The young actors sometimes leave the stage to make appearances at local schools, too — speaking about their love of Shakespeare and performing scenes for English and theater-arts classes and assemblies.