This week on Spread the Love, Lindsay talks about The Tempest, a modern English adaptation of the original by Shakespeare. Filmed live on location on a desert island.
Hey over here, over here! I’ve marooned myself on this island, just for you, as great theming for this week’s Spread the Love. This week we’ve got a ship, a shipwreck, a storm, an island full with magic and mystical creatures. This is The Tempest adapted from the original by William Shakespeare into modern language by our very own Craig Mason.
We hear it all the time. Shakespeare is too hard, blah, blah, blah. You’re right, it’s hard. It’s also fun, engaging, full of spectacle, full of magic and mystery and villains and heroes, the list goes on and on. The key is to find the right doorway to engage your students and get them hooked. And that’s where a modern language version of Shakespeare can really fit the bill. And, that’s what’s really great about this version, it’s very engaging.
And I’ll share a little secret with you: the language is really not all that different that the original Shakespeare. It’s just a little bit more familiar. Same story, same characters, more familiar language. So, use The Tempest, open the door to Shakespeare and get your students hooked. That’s it for Spread the Love.
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This week on Spread the Love, Craig and Lindsay talk about Tuna Fish Eulogy, a ladder play for high school students. Filmed live on location next to the the sea. Well, it’s actually a lake, but use your imagination.https://www.theatrefolk.com/products/tuna-fish-eulogy
by Julie Hartley
Shakespeare is one of the greatest resources a drama teacher can have. But teaching it can be a challenge. Practical Approaches to Shakespeare in the Drama Classroom helps drama teachers break down the Bard to make his themes, language and characters accessible to all.