Shakespeare's Stories: Macbeth (Ages 5-9)
In this one-time class, the instructor will use storytelling and puppets to tell the story of Shakespeare's "Macbeth."
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In this one-time class, the instructor will present the characters and plot of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in a fun and age appropriate way. The instructor will use her experience as a storyteller, some puppets and her love of all-things-Shakespeare to share this remarkable story with young students. Students will be encouraged (but not required) to create a drawing or make another piece of art while learning about the story. NOTE: While I will not dwell on the deaths in the show, they are a...
Students will become familiar with the characters and major plot of Shakespeares' "Macbeth."
I fully understand that this story may not be suitable for some children, due to the subject matter. However, I have worked with many younger students and have a background as a children's theatre performer/teacher; I have taught this play many times for multiple age groups. For this age group, I use the puppets so that it's less 'personal' and make all the deaths "dramatic, silly deaths" and keeping the witches and ghosts goofy and melodramatic rather than dark and scary. I also have found that many kids are able to handle the subject matter due to the fact that these are "old stories" and far enough removed from their modern lives. This story has references to murder and witches which cannot be dismissed but I do avoid sex-references for this age group. The kids may act some things out with me but they all do so as a group (and they are not required to do it) but we keep all those actions silly and "over the top" and avoid making them realistic.
30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
"Macbeth" is one of the bloodier of Shakespeare's plays with lots of supernatural ideas (witches and ghosts, for example). I will be acting things out with puppets (no blood) and am sensitive to the subject matter. I will do my best to phrase things as a "spooky old story" and keep it in the realm of the fantastical, rather than realistic. If you are not familiar with this play and have questions, please feel free to ask before enrolling!
Kate M Robinson
Theatre Instructor/Director (acting, Shakespeare, children's theatre and tech theatre)
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
4 total reviews
4 completed classes
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...