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Play Readings: Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Drea Lee
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(144)
Read Shakespeare from start to finish with a group of other teens in this readers’ theatre class focused on the hilarious comedy Twelfth Night.

Class experience

My hope is that every Shakespearean that takes this class will leave more comfortable with Shakespeare’s language, with better cold reading skills, and with a desire to experience more of Shakespeare’s work. 
I have extensive experience performing and directing Shakespeare plays. I have directed productions with mixed groups of middle school and high school students ages 12 and up and it is always great fun. I think that theatrical readings are a great way for students to explore a variety of roles in a pressure-free environment. 
Homework Offered
No work is required outside of class.
Assessments Offered
This class requires active participation. Learners will be assessed on their willingness to explore the language and discuss the theatrical possibilities of the play.
Grades Offered
I highly recommend headphones or earbuds with a mic for this class. A link to the script will be available in the classroom before our first read-through. If students would prefer a hard copy we will be reading from the Folger version.
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Some of Shakespeare's plays deal with mature and problematic themes. Twelfth Night features alcoholic characters and sexual innuendo. When dealing with problematic aspects of Shakespeare’s plays, I like to discuss the historical context as well as talk about ways modern performers and acting companies are grappling with and challenging these concepts in contemporary productions. We will discuss how we can approach the texts as actors of our time, how to make choices that reflect our values, and discuss ways a contemporary company might adapt the play for a modern audience.
We will be reading from the Folger Shakespeare Digital text. This text is available online at https://shakespeare.folger.edu/.  I may reference Emma Smith's book "This is Shakespeare" or her podcast Approaching Shakespeare. If time allows we may watch clips from professional productions of Twelfth Night from the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, and/or The Globe. 
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(144)
Good morrow to my fellow actors, writers, and literary scholars! I'm Ms. Drea (she/her) aka "Director of Chaos" and I'm obsessed with literary and performing arts! They are my absolute passions and I love to share them with everyone I meet. 

Group Class


weekly or $52 for 4 classes
1x per week, 4 weeks
60 min

Completed by 6 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
4-8 learners per class

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