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Re: City-wide Teen Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1252  Monday, 23 June 2003

[1]     From:   Susan St. John <
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        Date:   Friday, 20 Jun 2003 10:14:55 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1232 City-wide Teen Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Sam Small <
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        Date:   Friday, 20 Jun 2003 19:26:51 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1232 City-wide Teen Shakespeare


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From:           Susan St. John <
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Date:           Friday, 20 Jun 2003 10:14:55 -0700
Subject: 14.1232 City-wide Teen Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1232 City-wide Teen Shakespeare

Virginia Byrne asked:

>Any suggestions as to how we will determine the number of
>students from each school?

I would not think in terms of limiting students PER SCHOOL...just
determine the maximum number you can handle, then spread the word evenly
and take the students first-come-first-served.  If you get an
overwhelming response, make a waiting list, or hire more teachers, or
start a second section, and count yourself lucky!  If you don't get
enough students, up your advertising (personal visits to the schools
that haven't sent very many kids...etc.)

>Also any suggestions on a catchy name which says
>"Shakespeare and Teens" that also might evoke a quote....

My high school students wanted some extra time to work on their
Shakespeare to prepare for our annual trek to the Utah Shakespeare
competition, so we created "Camp Shakespeare" - we met three mornings a
week for three weeks during July  and did all kinds of workshop
activities, play study and acting improvs.  A friend of mine teaches
Shakespeare at another high school and she brought several students to
interact with us several times.  I hadn't planned it out for this
summer, but will definitely try it again in the future.

You are welcome to use our name.

And I really like your idea of evoking a quote, so I did a concordance
check through http://www.cs.usyd.edu.au/~matty/Shakespeare/test.html but
many of the "camp" references are not really appropriate:

        Sick now! droop now! this sickness doth infect
        The very life-blood of our enterprise;
        'Tis catching hither, even to our camp. (HIVi)

        his death, whose spirit lent a fire
        Even to the dullest peasant in his camp (HIVii)

        From camp to camp through the foul womb of night (HV)
        I must stay with the lackeys, with
        the luggage of our camp (HV)

        the vengeance on the
        whole camp (T&C)

        She's impudent, my lord,
        And was a common gamester to the camp (AWTEW)

        a commoner o' the camp (AWTEW)

        I'll make you feed on berries and on roots,
        And feed on curds and whey, and suck the goat,
        And cabin in a cave, and bring you up
        To be a warrior, and command a camp. (TA)

[I dread the thought of saying "suck the goat"in front of my high
schoolers, but this one might work if you start at "and bring you up to
be a warrior..."]

        I had been happy, if the general camp,
        Pioners and all, had tasted her sweet body (Othello)

        There's not a whittle in the unruly camp (TofA)

but perhaps

        And all the secrets of our camp I'll show,
        Their force, their purposes; nay, I'll speak that
        Which you will wonder at. (AWTEW)

or

        there is no tiddle toddle
        nor pibble pabble in Pompey's camp (HV)

might work!

Actually I might use that last one, but change "Pompey's" to "St.
John's"!

Best of luck on your endeavor...feel free to email me directly...I'd
love to hear more of your ideas for this project.

Susan.

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From:           Sam Small <
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Date:           Friday, 20 Jun 2003 19:26:51 +0100
Subject: 14.1232 City-wide Teen Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1232 City-wide Teen Shakespeare

A title might be something like "Stranger in the world" from R&J - and I
still have great reservations about teenagers and Shakespeare.  I would
love Virginia to prove me wrong.

SAM SMALL
http://www.passioninpices.co.uk

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