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Home :: Archive :: 1995 :: February ::
Qs: Non-Trad. Pieces; Portia/Bassanio; Education
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0132.  Friday, 24 February 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Christopher J. Madsen <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 22 Feb 1995 14:15:48 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Shakespeare in the Park - Winona MN
 
(2)     From:   Helen Robinson <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 Feb 95 14:40:32 EST
        Subj:   Portia/Bassanio
 
(3)     From:   Jo Clayton <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 Feb 1995 11:46:58 GMT
        Subj:   Shakespeare and Education
 
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From:           Christopher J. Madsen <
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Date:           Wednesday, 22 Feb 1995 14:15:48 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        Shakespeare in the Park - Winona MN
 
My name is Christopher J. Madsen and I am currently the Production Coordinator
for our 5th Annual Shakespeare in the Park here in Winona MN.  I have been
involved in the festival, which lasts about two hours, for the past five years.
Each year, we have performed short scenes from Shakespeare's plays as well as
monolouges.  (poor sentence structure, forgive me!) We also try to include a
non-traditional piece revolving around the characters Shakespeare created. For
example, we had a Shakespearean Squares one year and the next, a Shakespeare
Family Feud between the Capulets and the Montigues. I would like to hear any
suggestions for non-trad pieces that you know about or have performed before.
Please reply as soon as possible. We begin planning March 8th and any
suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 
Suggestions can be sent back to this internet address, or to:
 
                Winona State University
                Dept. Theatre & Dance/Wenonah Players
                P.O. Box 5838
                Winona, MN 55987-5838
 
Thank you for your help!! May the bard live on and may we continue to
"Sakesperiment"!!
 
Christopher J. Madsen
Production Coordinator/Chair - Wenonah Players
 
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From:           Helen Robinson <
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Date:           Thursday, 23 Feb 95 14:40:32 EST
Subject:        Portia/Bassanio
 
I am rather curious about the dialogue between Portia and Bassanio at the
beginning of Act 111 Scene 2. Portia declares her feelings for Bassanio but he
seems to be hedging. He knows he can lose this gamble by choosing the wrong
casket and is he therefore reluctant to give rein to his feelings? Dose the
line 'Promise me life' imply uncertainty? Could someone also clarify the lines
'O happy torment....deliverance'.
 
Thanks
Helen Robinson
 
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From:           Jo Clayton <
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Date:           Thursday, 23 Feb 1995 11:46:58 GMT
Subject:        Shakespeare and Education
 
Questions to internet Shakespeare Specialists and Educationalists.
 
1.a)Should Shakespeare be compulsory teaching on the English Literature
syllabus of secondary schools for pupils of the ages:   i)14-16?  ii)16-18?
 
b)What would be the reasons for this?
 
 
2.a)What should be the key elements and overall emphasis in the teaching of
Shakespeare?
 
b)Please justify your answer
 
 
3.a)Should attendance at live theatre productions of Shakespeare's plays be
part of the curriculum?
 
b)Why/ why not?
 
4) Is the cannon of texts taught at age 14-18, a sufficient introduction to
Shakespeare's work?(n.b. In my research the following were taught in the
majority of schools, with Romeo and Juliet the most popular)
                                        Romeo and Juliet
                                        The Merchant of Venice
                                        A Midsummer Night's Dream
                                        Macbeth)
 
5) In one questionnaire a 15 year old pupil responded that Romeo and Juliet was
enjoyable because it taught her "the true meaning of love"; what, in your
opinion does this reveal about the teaching of the play in her school?
 
6.a)Are you familiar with the BBC/Time Life series of Shakespeare videos?
 
b)What is your opinion of this series?
 
c)These videos are often shown in schools as many pupils' first experience of
Shakespeare in performance, what do you think the effect of this is in their
comprehension of Shakespeare's plays?
 
Please add any other opinions you have on the teaching of Shakespeare; the
question of making Shakespeare compulsory; and Shakespeare in performance and
education.
 
Many thanks
Jo Clayton, Glasgow University, e-mail 
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