14 yrs and up, $175.00, 14 week course – Prerequisite: One Intermediate Level course

Shakespeare – the man who captured all it is to be human! You’ve got a front-row ticket to the theatre, and the curtain is about to rise on some of the most gloriously gripping stories ever to drip from the Bard’s quill. Split your sides laughing at the endless duel of wits between Beatrice and Benedick. Quiver with suspense as the Duke of Gloucester, twisted in body and soul, weaves an intricate web of murders with the crown of England at the centre. Soar on the wings of the wind with the castaway wizard Prospero, as he magically conjures a storm to trap his enemies – but is it to obtain revenge or forgiveness? Best of all, interrogate these stories on a deeper level through Socratic discussion, tangling with the intricate truths and ethics at the heart of these incredible plays. With seven plays in all, this course spans all three Shakespearean genres – comedy, tragedy, and history – and dedicates two weeks to each play. Students are introduced to Shakespeare’s writing in an inviting way designed to build confidence, enjoyment, and fluency.  Shakespeare meant for his plays to delight both the mind and heart, so “come away, come away,” and feast them both. 

Shakespeare: A Guide for Amateur Actors

Reading List:

Week 1: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act I through Act III, Scene 1

Week 2: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act III, Scene 2 through the end

Week 3: Henry V, Act I through Act III, Scene 6

Week 4: Henry V, Act III, Scene 7 through the end

Week 5: Romeo and Juliet, Acts I - II

Week 6: Romeo and Juliet, Acts III - V

Week 7: Much Ado About Nothing, Act I through Act III, Scene 2

Week 8: Much Ado About Nothing, Act III, Scene 3 through the end

Week 9: Richard III, Acts I - II

Week 10: Richard III, Acts III - V

Week 11: The Tempest, Acts I - II

Week 12: The Tempest, Acts III - V

Week 13: Hamlet, Act I through the end of Act III, Scene 1

Week 14: Hamlet, Act III, Scene 2 through the end