Shakespeare Activity, “You’re the Director”
Three things I have learned from my daughter studying Shakespeare in high school:
- Shakespeare is designed to be watched and not just read.
- Shakespeare had a sense of humor. I only had known of his tragedies before.
- Directing a scene from a Shakespeare’s play allowed for deeper thoughts than answering a list of questions.
Growing up I did not have a love for Shakespeare. Nor did I ever watch one of his plays performed. Having seen 3 of Shakespeare’s plays this year…I now love and appreciate his work.
My favorite books to read are from the No Fear Series. Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare)
Shakespeare Activity: You’re the Director
- Choose a scene from one of Shakespeare’s plays.
- Decide the location of your scene.
- Which modern day actors and actresses do you want to play the characters in the scene. Why did you select them?
- What props are needed for your scene.
- What will the costumes look like? Will they have any modern day design?
- What tweaks to the script will you make? Will you add words or change words for the modern day audiences?
Using Tri-Fold Display Boards, display the design of the scene you have chosen to direct.
The girls presented their boards and discussed what they decided on their choices. Each girl gave feedback on the presentation.
Shakespeare Activity: Extras
- I was able to spark an interest with my boys in Hamlet by finding a production that had David Tennant(Dr.Who) and Patrick Stewart (Star Trek) in it. Hamlet (2009) (BBC)
- The Play’s the Thing Board Game we found at a thrift store. Anytime you can use a board game to reinforce learning you score bonus points.
- Field Trip to the Globe Theater in London to see a professional play. Ok not everyone can do this. But my daughter took her senior trip to London. Top on her list was visiting the Globe Theater. On her tour she was able to watch a full dress rehearsal of As You Like It. She even bought a first folio of MidSummer’s Night Dream.