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Introduction to Romeo and Juliet (Ages 14-18)

This one-time class will provide an overview of Shakespeare’s play "Romeo and Juliet" -- the plot, characters and themes -- and is intended to give students a jumping off point for further study.
Kate M Robinson
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55 minutes
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Meets once
14-18
year olds
3-8
learners per class
per learner

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Students will come out of the class with a clearer understanding of the plot, characters and themes of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."  
I have been working with Shakespeare and teenagers for over 2 decades, teaching and directing.  The fact that this is an "old fashioned" story does keep it distant from modern teen's lives, so I have found they are able to handle the subject matter in the play, while relating to the teen angst in the story.   I am sensitive to the issues in the play and prefer to discuss then as a cautionary tale, approaching things with an "how could this have changed" angel, rather than a foregone conclusion that the play could only have ended in tragedy.
No homework.  But, after class, I do encourage students to do any/all of the following:
1.  Read the play.
2.  Listen to an audio version of the play, while following along.
3.  See a production of the play, live.
4.  Watch a movie version of the play.
I will supply a link to a free, online version of "Romeo and Juliet" for students to read, if they wish, after the class.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
NOTE:  I believe it is important to study Shakespeare as (we think) he wrote it.  As such, I do not change the plot or characters for this age group.  While I do not go into depth about the "tricky issues," many Shakespeare plays do involve some sex/relationships, violence,  language (mostly in Elizabeth English though) and some other PG/R-rated plot points.   "Romeo and Juliet" ends with suicide;  but the whole play is a cautionary tale so we will approach the ending from a perspective of "what could have happened to have prevented this tragic ending."
A Free online version of the script of Romeo and Juliet can be found at: ://shakespeare.folger.edu/shakespeares-works/romeo-and-juliet/

Teacher

Kate M Robinson
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Lives in the United States
Theatre Instructor/Director (acting, Shakespeare, children's theatre and tech theatre)
4 total reviews
4 completed classes

About Me

Ms. Kate has worked professionally as an actor, costume designer, drama teacher and arts education administrators in various theatre and schools across the country (Pennsylvania, Alabama, California and currently Maryland/DC).  Since her children... 
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