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Shakespeare to Go!

Experience Shakespeare live onstage!

Shakespeare To Go! brings scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet to life.  The “rude mechanicals” a troupe of journeymen actors from A Midsummer Night’s Dream attempt to enact a very ‘lamentable comedy’ and are interrupted by Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, giving them his famous ‘speech to the players’, which is the best instructional text for all actors on how to ‘speak the speech’.  This bumbling group of workmen take Hamlet’s words to heart and convincingly portray Brutus and Cassius discussing Caesar's rise to power, Lady Macbeth shoring up Macbeth’s resolve to commit regicide and become the King of Scotland, the hilarity of the battle between Sir Andrew and the disguised Viola, and the beautiful starlit courtship of Romeo and Juliet in the famous balcony scene.  Finally, the “Mechanicals” turn to their own play, presented with less skill but lots of hilarity!  Four actors will portray seventeen roles in this fast-paced, pared-down production utilizing a small traveling stage with olio curtain, a few hand props and minimal costume pieces. 

A ten-minute question and answer session will follow every performance.  Curriculum Ties: (National Standards from Mid- Continent Research for Education and Learning, McREL, 3rd edition) 1.2, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5, 6.6, 7.3, 14.1, 14.2, 14.5.

English Language Arts: CCSS.SL.7-12.3

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival believes Shakespeare's works are best understood through performance.  Shakespeare To Go! will:
•    Give students the opportunity to see Shakespeare move from the page to the stage, increasing their enjoyment of Shakespeare and decreasing their fear of the text
•    Jump start students' understanding of Shakespeare as they encounter the plays in class
•    Provide teachers a tool for engaging students in the study of Shakespeare
•    Expose students to a high quality, professional theatre experience
•    Encourage students to attend live theatre and the Festival’s FREE productions in the summer 
 

Contact Ashlea Christopher for scheduling and performance fees.