Bringing Shakespeare to life

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Whether you’re a teacher trying to inspire a love of Shakespeare in your students, or a parent who wants to get your child excited about literature and history, it can be both enjoyable and educational to take Shakespeare from the stage to the home. It’s one thing to memorize lines, practice dying a valiant death, or fall in love after two seconds (gross!), but making the past relevant to your kids will get them to better understand what they’re reading and performing (and they’ll have fun doing it). Here are some ideas for bringing Shakespeare to life: Enjoy a night …

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Finding a New Illustrator

As some of you know I’ve been working for a while to try to find a new illustrator for a Robert Louis Stevenson caricature. He needs to replace the Shakespeare caricature in the front row of my books. I couldn’t quite find the right talent until I happen to stumble into a local Starbucks the other day and see some guy doodling on a pad. Within five minutes, I found a new illustrator. He and I have been working back and forth the past couple of weeks and we are almost at the final stages of Robert Louis Stevenson’s caricature. …

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What Shakespeare can teach you about…

What Shakespeare can teach you about…EVERYTHING…Okay, I find this subject rather humorous. It seems that anywhere you look on the web, there’s some site that can tell you how Shakespeare can teach you about fishing, or karate, or making money, or whatever! So, I thought I would just peruse the web and see what Shakespeare can teach you about…. here are just a few I found… enjoy! Karate Predictive Analytics Writing Business Flexible Working Blogging Customer Loyalty Money Enlightenment Obsession with Technology Social Media Power, Love, and Money and lastly, here’s a spin for you: What Tron can teach us …

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“Shake it up” with Shakespeare and Elementary Kids

Recently we were able to get in touch with a wonderfully gifted AIG teacher from North Carolina, Debra Williamson, who decided to “Shake it up” with Shakespeare! She took a few of our plays and did a trio of melodramatic Shakespeare skits with her kids. They performed Midsummer, Romeo & Juliet, and Macbeth. She referred to it as “Shake it up, Shakespeare”. Since this was such a wonderful way to approach her elementary children, we asked her to answer a few questions about her experience. Here ya go… 1) Did you find using the Shakespeare for Kids book series by …

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Treasure Island for Kids is here!

These are the late nights. Writing Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island for Kids has been a BLAST! Possibly because it is my first foray outside of Shakespeare, possibly because it is about pirates (I mean, who doesn’t want to write about pirates, right?!?!) or possibly it’s because when it comes down to the launch of a new book, it’s always exciting! I always get a bit nervous; did I make any formatting errors, any spelling errors (my nemesis) or any grammar errors? Did I completely blow it and put the cover of 12th night on the book of Treasure Island? …

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Top 10 Male Shakespeare Characters for Kids to Perform

This is my personal top 10 male Shakespeare characters “for kids”. My thoughts and judgements are based around how much fun they are to perform and play melodramatically on stage, and what you can do with the character to just enjoy and have fun with Shakespeare. This is a list of the top 10 male Shakespeare characters only, the female list will be out soon. Also, if you have any thoughts or male Shakespeare characters you think I missed, leave a comment below! 10) Prospero – (Tempest) – He’s a wizard with his own personal Monster servant and spirit and …

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Imitation: Shakespeare is the King of Compliments

We’ve all heard the saying by Charles Caleb Colton: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that’s the case, then Shakespeare is the king of compliments. His plays have lived on for over 400 years, but most of the ideas, story lines and characters were not his own, they were imitations of others: Romeo and Juliet was an Italian folk tale, passed down through generations until it was put into a poem form by Arthur Brooks. Shakespeare played down the morality a bit, and upped the romance, and boom, created a winner. Hamlet was originally a Scandinavian legend. Around 1589, years before Shakespeare …

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Green Eggs and Hamlet

I recently met a gentleman named Stephan on Goodreads.com. He shared with me a little poem he wrote: Green eggs and Hamlet. He had an interesting concept, what would Shakespeare be like if Dr. Seuss were to write him? This was his take on what he could’ve written: I do not like ova chartreuse anymore. I will not eat them in Elsinore. I do not like the ghost of my dad. And mom sleeping with Uncle just makes me mad. I do not like Ophelia like she likes me… but don’t worry… Neither a borrower nor a lender will I …

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Shakespeare Drama Competition with Romeo & Juliet for Kids

I recently met a teacher from Seattle who decided to use my Romeo & Juliet for Kids play to enter a drama competition for kids in Portland, Oregon. (It wasn’t limited to just being a Shakespeare competition, but, what a fun idea that would be!) I was able to spend a few minutes with her to see what the experience was like and to give advice to teachers trying to reach children with Shakespeare. Shakespeare4kid: Tell me a little something about who you are and what you do. Sandra: I am a 45-year old Swiss/South African and have worked in the cruise industry …

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A Christmas Carol for Kids – Charles Dickens

That’s right, we are writing fools recently and have just released our 2nd work outside of the Shakespeare for Kids […]

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