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Acting Shakespeare: Antony & Cleopatra

“She shall be buried by her Antony,
No grave upon the earth shall clip in it
A pair so famous.”

― William Shakespeare, Antony and CleopatraAntony is dazzled by Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Gossip and scandal leads to plans of battles and bloodshed. In this class, students will perform excerpts from one of Shakespeare’s great historical love stories, Antony and Cleopatra. They will use their whole selves to connect with each other, literature and history in a meaningful and impactful way. Students will learn about Shakespeare’s life and theatre as well as what goes into staging a play, including theatre vocabulary and design elements. We will embrace Shakespeare’s language with passion and joy in a positive, nurturing environment! Through improvisational games and rehearsing with a script, their confidence with being onstage, handling Shakespearean text and ability to collaborate will grow. During the final week of the semester, students will perform for their peers and parents! Homework includes memorizing lines. Students will provide their own modern day costumes pulled from their closets. All other materials will be provided by the instructor.

GO DEEPER! Pair this class with Everything Ancient Greece and Ancient History Readers’ Theatre!

Teacher: Lynn Hayes

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