The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2020 Friday, 19 November 1999.
Date: Wednesday, 17 Nov 1999 09:18:35 -0600
Subject: 10.1997 Age of Awareness
Comment: Re: SHK 10.1997 Age of Awareness
There is an extremely active group in Madison called the Young Madison
Players who perform Shakespeare uncut. Ages range from 7-17, with a
large number of players in the younger age-group. This year they have
done productions of Julius Caesar, Cymbeline, Romeo and Juliet, and a
workshop of extracts from the plays. They are doing Measure for Measure
and Richard II early next year and have in the past done Lear, Hamlet,
Henry IV, Henry V, Macbeth, and As You Like It, among others. The Romeo
and Juliet production in the summer had six different casts, Cymbeline
three! My son, aged 10, has loved the experience. The directors,
Richard and Anne di Palma have been doing this for twenty years, and it
is quite clear to me that there are no limits to the capacity of young
children to perform Shakespeare with enthusiasm and understanding.
Richard provides each actor with tapes of his/her part which explain
every line and its significance in the play as a whole. It's an
astonishing and salutary project for academics.