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Why Drama? Performing Shakespeare for kids

Why Teaching Shakespeare is Beneficial to Youth

Shakespeare is considered one of the greatest playwrights in history. His plays have been performed and studied for hundreds of years, and they continue to be a cornerstone of theatre and literature education. But why is it important to introduce Shakespeare to kids? More importantly, how can it benefit their education and personal growth?

First and foremost, Shakespeare’s plays are a rich source of language. His works are filled with beautiful prose, complex characters, and deep insights into the human experience. By performing Shakespeare, kids can learn to appreciate the beauty and power of the Bard’s language, and develop a lifelong love of literature.

Shakespeare’s plays are also a great way to educate about history, culture, and the emotions of people. Because his works are set in a variety of historical periods and locations, kids gain insight into the customs of different people, places, and times. By performing Shakespeare, kids can gain a greater understanding of the world around them.

Performing Shakespeare can also have personal life-long benefits. Acting in a play requires teamwork, collaboration, and creativity. Even more important, it helps them develop important social and emotional skills. It can also boost their confidence and self-esteem, as they learn to express themselves in front of an audience.

Performing Shakespeare can be a fun and engaging way to learn. His plays are filled with humor, drama, and excitement. (kids LOVE to melodramatically die on stage!) Kids can have a great time bringing the characters and stories to life. By making learning fun, kids are more likely to stay engaged and interested, and they are more likely to retain the information they learn.

Kids performing Shakespeare is a valuable and enriching experience. Enhancing their language and literature skills, providing valuable education, and helping them develop important social and emotional skills. By introducing Shakespeare to kids, you can help them grow and learn in ways that will benefit them for years to come.

Please note, in no way are Playing With Plays, melodramatic Shakespeare scripts meant to replace the actual text of Shakespeare. Rather, they are to be used as a jumping-off point to build a love for the Bard, his stories, and language in general.

With the Playing With Plays collection of Shakespeare scripts for Kids, young audiences can experience the magic of the Bard’s work in a format that is fun, accessible, engaging, and easy to understand.

Featuring modified language, age-appropriate adaptations, and a sprinkle of actual Shakespearean text gives the kids a taste and the confidence to consume more Shakespeare in the future. We have over a dozen classic plays like Romeo and Juliet for Kids, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Kids, Hamlet for Kids, and The Scottish Play for Kids (Macbeth!), these truncated scripts are perfect for use in the classroom, on the stage, or at home.

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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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