Discovering Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Workbook for Students and Teachers

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A guide to reading, understanding, and performing Shakespeare's A midsummer night's dream.

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Fredi Olster and Rick Hamilton have acted in sixty productions of Shakespeare's plays, as well as appearing in film and on television. Their extensive experience in regional repertory theater includes several seasons at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, where Fredi was Kate and Rick was Tranio in Bill Ball's widely acclaimed production of The Taming of the Shrew, which was televised for Theatre in America (PBS). They spent several seasons with the Oregon Shakespearean Festival, the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Alley Theatre, and the Dallas Shakespeare Festival, among others.

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Gr 7 Up-These series entries are designed "...to instill a love of Shakespeare and to encourage the next generation of young people to attend our theatres...." To this end, the authors will surely succeed. Each well-organized volume begins with suggestions for effective use of the book, followed by discussions of ideas and characters. Using a four-column format, the authors provide a description of each scene, both a vernacular and an abridged original transcript of Shakespeare's text, and suggested blocking for performance. The scene descriptions are clear and concise, and the blocking is simple and straightforward, although not always in the purest Shakespearean tradition. Although there are occasional lapses into modern-day slang, the vernacular translations generally attempt to follow the original quite closely. The abridged texts do a good job of conveying the essence of the action-often at the expense of the poetry's cadence, however. Nevertheless, the authors clearly state that these versions are intended to lead students back to the originals. Essays on Shakespeare's language and the rehearsal process follow the script, as do acting exercises and production suggestions for props, costumes, and set design. More extensive and for an older audience than Leon Garfield's illustrated abridged versions (Knopf), these accessible workbooks will also be a help to teachers staging productions of the bard's most famous plays.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI

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