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Re: High School Productions (Was Survey)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2657  Monday, 26 November 2001

[1]     From:   Mari Bonomi <
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        Date:   Friday, 23 Nov 2001 12:42:56 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2647 MND Tops Survey

[2]     From:   Dana Shilling <
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        Date:   Friday, 23 Nov 2001 13:04:49 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2650 Re: R & J and the TOPS Survey

[3]     From:   Brian Willis <
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        Date:   Friday, 23 Nov 2001 10:44:13 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2650 Re: R & J and the TOPS Survey

[4]     From:   Mari Bonomi <
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        Date:   Friday, 23 Nov 2001 13:45:17 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2650 Re: R & J and the TOPS Survey

[5]     From:   Geralyn Horton <
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        Date:   Saturday, 24 Nov 2001 02:00:56 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2647 MND Tops Survey


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From:           Mari Bonomi <
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Date:           Friday, 23 Nov 2001 12:42:56 -0500
Subject: 12.2647 MND Tops Survey
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2647 MND Tops Survey

I have seen both R&J and MSD produced in the same high school directed
by the same young and very talented director/English teacher.  Frankly
the first far surpassed the second. I cannot say precisely why MND
didn't work but I suspect it was the actors rather than the vision.  R&J
was brilliant.

I described the production once before on this forum so will not go into
detail again.  I will say that the great majority of the performers,
except, oddly, the Juliet, were superb. She was more than adequate for
the production as constructed.  For me the power of this production lay
in the emphasis on the eternal nature of the feud, even though I don't
think that is necessarily the best or only focus.  Given the talent she
had to work with, Cara Mulqueen structured her performance so that she
spotlighted that which was strongest in her cast, I think.  I shall
never forget the last image of her production: the two Lords, dressed
identically, one on either side of the proscenium, arms folded, backs
toward each other.  There was no peace, only a truce of uncertain
duration.

I may quarrel with the interpretation based on the text (and I have!!).
I cannot quarrel with its effectiveness as a production.

Mari Bonomi

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From:           Dana Shilling <
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Date:           Friday, 23 Nov 2001 13:04:49 -0500
Subject: 12.2650 Re: R & J and the TOPS Survey
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2650 Re: R & J and the TOPS Survey

On the question of finding roles for young women in school productions:

I've seen two separate professional productions of Measure for Measure
where the Provost and Escalus were played by women--it works very well
in case of the Provost who does have a quality that could be played as
maternal. And it would be interesting to see a Much Ado where Innogen
got Leonato's lines and he was either absent or just stood there.

Dana Shilling

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Date:           Friday, 23 Nov 2001 10:44:13 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 12.2650 Re: R & J and the TOPS Survey
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2650 Re: R & J and the TOPS Survey

> It reminds me of OSF at Ashland, Oregon where black
> people play white
> people's roles very frequently.  I found this
> distracting at first but
> after a while you just get used to it

There was a big deal about Henry VI being played by a black actor this
year in Stratford. By the end of the year, the actor had won a
well-deserved award for an enthralling portrayal. Simply because he was
the best actor who auditioned for the job...

Amen, Ed Taft. Big problems with education. We are handicapped as to
what we can teach and then we are blamed because we can't teach. Give us
the tools and perhaps we can make a difference! Besides, these kids are
going to be exposed to these elements no matter how much we try to
shelter them. Kids killing each other, teenage suicide, father
figures...isn't it better that they learn these things from people who
can discuss these things with them before they happen to them? Shouldn't
parents be involved as well?  Shouldn't they be told that hate destroys
love and to hold on to love and believe in its power?

"Fifteen year olds hate anything that smacks of clich

 

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