Friday, January 27, 2012

Sixty-Minute Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet

Hey Neighbors!

As some of you know, we homeschool.  My youngest, loves history and has begging to read old poetry books or some Shakespeare.  (Strange child!)  Anyway, when I was asked to review one of the Sixty-Minute Shakespeare books, I chose Romeo and Juliet.  These are designed to give a sixty-minute presentation of one of Shakespeare's works.  There is an introduction, that includes tidbits on Shakespeare and his works, hints for the director, and some of the most often quoted lines.

Throughout the book there are blank pages for the director to write notes in.  The play can actually be completed in sixty minutes.  Now, I will tell you up front the problem I have is not with this book or the way it is done, it is actually that they take God's name in vain.  Yes, I know that is how Shakespeare wrote it, but I personally do not care for it.  So, I have allowed my daughter to read through the parts and we actually put together a small part she acted out in the video below.  She is a ham!  This is my daughter who loves to play dress up in frills and ruffles, and then she is also the very same child, who like to get into snowball fights with her brothers!

The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare is an ideal choice for someone who does not have the time for the unabridged version, or for the homeschooling parent who wants to give their child a taste of Shakespeare or even the teacher who wishes to cover Shakespeare with her students.

This series is done by Cass Foster, who has been involved in all aspects of theatre for over thirty-five years.  He is the director of a theatre program in a small college in central Arizona and has choreographed fights for numerous Shakespeare Festivals.  He has directed shows and staged fights at theatres and universities throughout the country.  Besides his obvious interest in Shakespeare, Cass is actively involved in the development of new plays for young audiences.

One entry is to tell which of Shakespeare's works this quote came from: "To be or not to be.  That is the question."  One of my neighbors here At the Fence will get to choose one book from the Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series.  Visit the website and look around!

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I did receive Sixty-Minute Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet for review purposes.  All quotes are taken from the email or website.  All thoughts and opinions are entirely mine.

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DEBIJOT said...

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Angie Bailey said...

Othello. ~ Angie Bailey

Coolestmommy said...

From their FB page: So far, according to thy votes for the play thee wishes for Cass Foster to write next, 'The Tempest' and 'Taming of the Shrew' are tied side-by-side.

Personally, out of those two, I'd say Taminf of the Shrew all the way.

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Coolestmommy said...

I suggest they do either "Shrew" next or "othello"

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