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Performing Shakespeare for kids

Hamming up Romeo and Juliet

So, I just performed Romeo and Juliet with a bunch of kids yesterday, and there were some fun anecdotal events that occurred that I just have to share! Maybe you can integrate these into your performance someday.

romeoFirst of all, Star Wars is all the rage, so Tybalt decided to walk out on the stage with a lightsaber in hand ready to duel and Mercutio took one look at him and said, “Dude, wrong story!” and Tybalt said, “Oh, sorry” and walked offstage and got the correct sword. The audience laughed!

In my version of the marriage scene, where Romeo is supposed to kiss Juliet, they end up shaking hands… But these young actors wanted to just touch fingers and then screamed for hand sanitizer as they ran around the stage… Hilarious!

At the end of the play, when Romeo kills Paris, Paris improvises the line, “cheap shot” and then proceeds to fall on his face when he dies. Too funny! 

The real point of all this is to continue to allow creativity for your kids.  Allow them to explore the edge of creativity so they learn in life that taking chances is the way you make a difference!


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By brendan kelso

Brendan is the main creative source and author behind Playing With Plays and the infamous Shakespeare for Kids series. You can typically find him inventing by day, playing with his family by night, and writing by very late night.

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