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By Denise Lavoie The Associated Press

For juveniles sentenced to Shakespeare, the world’s a stage

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Some juvenile offenders in Massachusetts are offered a choice straight out of “Hamlet”: to act or not to act.

Shakespeare & Company, a theatre company in Lenox, works with the courts to get youngsters who run afoul of the law sentenced to perform works of Shakespeare on stage as an alternative to community service or juvenile detention.