Takes on Shakes

New! Performance-based lesson plans

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Takes on Shakes is a new series of videos designed to help educators with distance learning and challenge assumptions about what Shakespeare was trying to convey in his plays. This series of on-demand, performance-based video lessons illuminate Shakespeare's work in exciting ways that will appeal to students and encourage them to identify with the characters. The inclusive casting will enable students to see current and personal relevancy in his work.

Our first on-demand video focuses on the classic balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. Director Chris Steele will open up the acting and directing process to the audience by offering 3 different perspectives on this well known scene:

- classic: showing how the scene may have been performed in Shakespeare's time
- victorian: that shows what???
- modern:
a contemporary interpretation featuring gender-neutral actors focusing on the love and connection between the 2 characters

Between each scene the director will review the differences and similarities found in each interpretation and the intent behind the directorial choices made for each interpretation.

Also included is an integrated curriculum with worksheets so the program serves as a full module.
The curriculum content will provide topics for rich discussion such as:
- why are we still studying Shakespeare? how can these plays that are hundreds of years old have anything to do with current time?
- which character did you identify with in each scene interpretation? what changed, what was the same?
- how does the dynamic of the balcony scene change the nature of the interaction between the characters?
- an examination of historical details and context for the play

The early-bird rollout price for this exciting new educational tool is only $99 per classroom! Save more and get both titles - Romeo and Juliet plus A Midsummer Nights' Dream - for only $149! But don't delay - early-bird pricing is only in effect until DATE???

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