At the ASC, we've found that one of the best ways to combat your students' "ShakesFear" is through a piece of early modern technology: the cue script. Rather than receiving the entire text of a play, each actor would receive a roll of paper with only his lines and the few words immediately preceding it – his cue.
In the classroom, using cue scripts can be a great way to tackle a large, complicated scene, such as the assassination in Julius Caesar. This scene has fourteen characters, a lot of actions, multiple entrances and exits, and stage combat. Fortunately, Shakespeare writes a lot of help for choreographing the movement of this scene into the text, and your students can uncover those clues by working through the scene on their feet.