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Re: Shakespeare in Schools
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1862  Tuesday, 3 October 2000.

From:           JK Campbell <
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Date:           Monday, 02 Oct 2000 23:11:10 -0700
Subject: 11.1848 Re: Shakespeare in Schools
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1848 Re: Shakespeare in Schools

Thank you!  Don, that is the nicest thing anyone has ever said about me.
I suppose I will have to tuck my head into this discussion.  The first
class in Shakespeare I taught was to college women in Washington DC.  I
was performing there and my baby sister was attending said university.
My proud little sister talked the poor professor into allowing me one
lecture.  It was an eight thirty AM "required" course.  I did not get an
ovation.

Teaching Graduate Students I'm sure many of us have found is much
easier; they want to be there.

However I recently got involved with a group of High School students who
put on the first Shakespeare production in the 47 year history of their
school.  I was sort of brought in as a play doctor they were opening in
two weeks.  Maybe it was their desperation for they were indeed
foundering but I have never experienced the purity of purpose and
delight of discovery those kids brought to the work.  It was a spiritual
experience for a jaded old actor.

As Theseus says in Act V of Dream.

"I will hear that Play
For never anything can be amiss
When simpleness and duty tender it."

Ken
 

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