The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0613 Friday, 5 March 2004
Date: Friday, 05 Mar 2004 00:32:40 -0800
Subject: A Kids' Sci-Fi featuring WS
Mentors, a Canadian series shown on the Discovery Kids cable channel,
has an episode titled "Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On"; it aired
tonight (March 4) in this market. The "info" caption reads: "Norm gets
help on his play from William Shakespeare."
Using a time-travel trope (is that the right term?) the two kids in the
series beam up Wm Shakespeare to help their dad, a playwright, finish a
play. The dilemma of the plot revolves on whether he accepts an offer to
"workshop" the play for six months in New England or stay with his
family. The kids have introduced WS as being attached to the local
Shakespeare Festival, and to maintain this cover he auditions for and
accepts the role of Prospero. As the dad is leaving, WS tells him that
his son died at age 11 while he was in London working on a play, and
this together with a realization of what it means to be true to thyself,
the dad chooses to stay.
This 30-minute play has many Shakespeare lines, all beautifully spoken.
Tempest, of course, predominates, but also Hamlet, Henry VIII, MND,
Richard II, as I recall.
Very well done. Wish I could have taped it! Wish there were more shows
of this caliber for kids!
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