Friday, May 18, 2012
Gentle Shakespeare for Us
Oh, maybe I can help with that! Nope. These themes are generally not interesting to her -- "too much killing and dying." Well, I have just one word for myself on this: "Duh." Know your audience, right?
Now as it happens, her ballet company is performing A Midsummer Night's Dream. This is a Shakespeare story that works! No killing, no dying - silliness, fairies & cute bugs who dance. Just the right combination of elements. And, again, know your audience! There's more than one way to get to know Shakespeare.
In addition to the ballet, we love these versions:
:: Shakespeare for Children by Jim Weiss (audio)
:: A Midsummer Night's Dream for Kids (Shakespeare Can Be Fun) by Lois Burdett
:: A Midsummer Night's Dream by Bruce Coville
And now that I know what can be appealing, I'll be on the lookout for other good fits. Some more of his comedies? And maybe these?
:: Shakespeare for Kids: His Life and Times, 21 Activities (For Kids series) by
Aagesen & Blumberg
:: William Shakespeare and the Globe by Aliki
:: Simply Shakespeare: Readers Theatre for Young People by Kroll
(Another mild introduction to Shakespeare is Osborne's Stage Fright on a Summer's Night from The Magic Tree House series. Sela loved these.)
I'd love recommendations - leave a comment and share your gems!