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Re: Shakespeare in USA and in UK
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2501  Tuesday, 30 October 2001

[1]     From:   Billy Houck <
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        Date:   Monday, 29 Oct 2001 13:16:25 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2474 Shakespeare in USA and in UK

[2]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Monday, 29 Oct 2001 19:01:21 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2489 Re: Shakespeare in USA and in UK


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From:           Billy Houck <
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Date:           Monday, 29 Oct 2001 13:16:25 EST
Subject: 12.2474 Shakespeare in USA and in UK
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2474 Shakespeare in USA and in UK

Stuart Manger writes,

<< How much Shakespeare PERFORMANCE of complete plays do High Schools
get involved in? It is a fairly standard tradition in UK schools, and I
wondered if it was so at High School level in USA. If so, do they mostly
go for the 'romantic' plays? Or comedies? Or what?  >>

At my high school in California, we try to produce at least 2
Shakespeare plays a year. Since 1986, We have done: MND, (twice)
Tempest, Shrew, CofE, AYLI (twice), R&J (twice), 2Gents, MWW, Cymbeline,
LLL, Merchant, Alls Well, Much Ado, Macbeth, 12th Night, Hamlet,
Othello, H4, p1, Timon, R3, and Winter's Tale, as well as a number of
Shakespeare-related plays.

But this is not the usual American High School experience.

Dramatics Magazine takes a survey of the top 20 plays produced at
schools with Thespian Troupes every year. Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo
and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew are the only ones I know of that
have shown up regularly on the survey. A Midsummer Night's Dream is by
far the favorite Shakespeare play of American High School Theatres.

Check with the Educational Theatre Association (HQ in Cincinnati, Ohio)
for information on the Dramatics Magazine survey.

Billy Houck
Arroyo Grande High School

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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Monday, 29 Oct 2001 19:01:21 -0800
Subject: 12.2489 Re: Shakespeare in USA and in UK
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2489 Re: Shakespeare in USA and in UK

Larry Weiss suggests that

>What is taught can probably be ascertained quite easily by surveying O Level
>requirements in the UK and public school syllabi in the US.

It's not so easy, since the US doesn't have a system of national
examinations.  To figure out what is taught, one would have to undertake
a large-scale survey of examinations set by states, districts and
individual schools.  Otherwise, with the enormous diversity of the
American educational system, you could use anecdotal evidence to prove
jolly well anything you wanted to.

Cheers,
Se

 

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