Here is a list of programs dealing with particular plays. Working with a play not listed? Contact us about creating a program for your curriculum needs.
Our programs, which all involve some student participation, come in a variety of formats. Most are designed to be performed within a regular class period, but can be expanded to 90 minutes.
"Hamlet: The Method in the Madness (with fight)"a lecture/demonstration which includes soliloquies and the scene between Laertes and Hamlet at Ophelia's grave (Vi). Includes material on fight choreography, both how it develops out of the text and the way moves are developed safely.
"The Macbeths: Characters Moving to Murder"a lecture/demonstration of three scenes between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, showing how Shakespeare first creates their strong connection to one another (Iv, Ivii) and then de-constructs their relationship with Duncan's murder (IIii).
A Midsummer Night's Dream
"Midsummer in Motion"a lecture/demonstration showing how Shakespeare's text appeals to actors' sense of sound and movement, including the Fairies' Roundel (IIii) and the fight between Demetrius and Hermia (IIIii).
"The Comical Tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbie"a performance of "the play within the play", adapted to include audience participation. This program, "hilarious and cool" in the words of one 6th grader, is less instructional than other programs and is suitable for larger assemblies.
Romeo & Juliet
"Romeo & Juliet: Four Scenes"a lecture/demonstration which includes the same material as the program above, plus the scene between Romeo and Paris at Juliet's tomb (Viii). Includes material on fight choreography, both how it develops out of the text and the way moves are staged safely.
"Dancing the Words"a workshop in which participants stage the scene when Romeo and Juliet first meet (Iv). Actors coach participants' analysis of text and creation of an Elizabethean dance.
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