THE TEMPESTUOUS AND FRACTIOUS SHAKESPEARE PROJECT
Type: One Act
Genres: Comedy, Classics
Themes: Classic Adaptations, Dating, Shakespeare
Duration: 45 minutes
Speaking Cast: 7 females, 2 males, 4 either (13 total cast)
SYNOPSIS: 13 students calling themselves The Shakespeare Project decide to mount a production of their favorite scenes from Shakespeare, as well as a hilarious Game Show about Shakespeare featuring Mistress Quickly, Tamora Queen of the Goths, and a still soggy from the pond Ophelia. As they rehearse Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, the real life drama equals and sometimes parallels that of Shakespeare's scenes. Costume issues, recalcitrant actors, love triangles, and break ups are hurdles the kids must overcome in a fast paced, farcical style. Finally, in the epilogue, they come together as an ensemble. Informative, funny, and full of authentic, original characters as well as some of Shakespeare's most loved characters, this show proves the adage: “All's well that ends well.”
Calvary Christian Academy
Chula Vista, CA
North Country Union High School
Immaculate Heart High School
Annapolis Area Christian School
Denver City High School
Denver City, TX
This play teaches as it entertains. No set is needed, as the set is a school stage. I interwove Shakespeare with the story of the kids who are rehearsing him- and it becomes obvious that there are no issues that Shakespeare didn't deal with. Kids who love theater love this play as it gives them the chance to play a modern day character, and also a Shakespearean character. The Shakespearian Jeopardy game show is full of true facts about Shakespeare and his plays, and showcases some of his most famous creations: a still wet from the pond Ophelia, the bloodthirsty Tamora from Titus Andronicus, and Mistress Quickly. Very strong female parts. A play that celebrates the beauty of Shakespeare's language and the lives of those student actors who perform in his plays.
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