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The Tucker Method
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0999  Monday, 3 May 2004

[1]     From:   Mike Sirofchuck <
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        Date:   Friday, 30 Apr 2004 07:52:12 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0988 The Tucker Method

[2]     From:   Graham Hall <
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        Date:   Saturday, 01 May 2004 08:46:00 +0000
        Subj:   Little Tucker's Knife


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From:           Mike Sirofchuck <
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Date:           Friday, 30 Apr 2004 07:52:12 -0800
Subject: 15.0988 The Tucker Method
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0988 The Tucker Method

I came late to this thread, but would like to offer my experience with
the Tucker approach.

I did a workshop with Patrick Tucker at one of the NCTE Teaching
Shakespeare conferences a few years back.

Since then, I've used a simplified version with my high school students
based on the cue scripts he's created for teaching.  I've found that
making students aware of the "clues" within the text simplifies the
process of staging a scene in the classroom and helps the students be
more aware of the language and the construction of the scenes.

Whether he is correct or not, his approach has validity for teaching
purposes.

Mike Sirofchuck
Language Arts Chairperson
Kodiak High School

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From:           Graham Hall <
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Date:           Saturday, 01 May 2004 08:46:00 +0000
Subject:        Little Tucker's Knife

Oh that I were where I would be!

   Then should I be where I am not;

But where I am, there I must be,

   And where I would be I can not.

Katherine Duncan-Jones reviews the RSC's production of Romeo and Juliet
(TLS No.5274, 30th Apr 04, page 20) and notes, [...] "Its chief flaws
are loss of pace in the second half , and some uncertain verse speaking
and pronunciation throughout"[...] She assumes [...] "these matters
should improve further in the course of the run"[...] Michael Boyd is
quoted as saying that the production benefits from "longer rehearsal
time and dedicated training".

Food for thought here from Tucker's supper fare...and is that the
whisper of old Hemmings I hear? "We rehearsed for a quarter of a century
and became an overnight success".

Best,
Graham Hall

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