I recently read an article about two Shakespeare plays, currently on Broadway, being staged the way they would have been in Shakespeare’s day. Minimal sets, all male casts, engagement with the audience, and a heavy emphasis on the language. In fact, the article stressed that back when these plays were first performed, people would often say that they had gone to “hear” a play, not “see” a play, like we do today.
That got me thinking about how far society has come in our exploration and interpretation of these plays. Sets get flashier and costumes get more and more elaborate. Movie versions of the plays incorporate music … Continue reading
That’s right, we are writing fools recently and have just released our 2nd work outside of the Shakespeare for Kids series: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for Kids! My first was Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island for Kids.
As a quick note, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for Kids currently has a giveaway running on Goodreads – so, sign up for a free signed copy!
In writing A Christmas Carol for Kids there has been a few challenges that we had to overcome:
1) It’s a novel, not a play. But, that’s not the … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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.
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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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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! But, it’s finally here!
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…
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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!
Power, Love, and Money
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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 … Continue reading