#shakespearesaskLIVE Play Readings

 Present your own play reading!

 

For the past 3 years, professional actors involved with Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan have toured around the province introducing Shakespeare to students K-12. After a brief introduction to William Shakespeare and the Elizabethan era, students would participate in a very interactive performance of one of Shakespeare's plays while role-playing many of the lead roles and speaking some of his most famous lines.

 

This year’s offerings were The Tempest and Macbeth.

 

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the 2020 school workshops were cancelled.

 

So, we are releasing our workshop scripts online for public use!

 

We encourage teachers and other group leaders to use the following scripts with their classes to explore the plays and facilitate their own play reading in the style of Reader’s Theatre, until the time comes when we can return to offering the workshops in-person. The scripts are the same ones we use when in schools. Each play has:

  • a “Leader Copy” meant for a teacher or group leader (listed below)
  • a “Participant Copy” meant for students or participants (listed below)
  • Suggestions for what to prepare prior to the reading
  • Suggestions for using Zoom to present the reading during this time of isolation (may be adapted for use with other video conferencing platforms)
  • Character descriptions, number of lines, and suggested props/costumes

Tempest Script

Leader 

Participant

 

Macbeth Script

Leader 

Participant

#ShakespearesaskLive Video Challenge

In March, our 2020 workshop facilitators (Jackie Block, Drew Mantyka, and Krystle Pederson)  recorded themselves presenting their roles as narrators and actors and we called on members of the community to fill in the remaining roles. We edited the recordings and you can now see the finished project, meant to inspire you and your own play reading.

Macbeth Video

Tempest Video

Enjoy!

 

If you wish to record or take a picture of your play reading, please make sure you have the appropriate consent, and forward them to Angela Christie at school@shakespearesask.com. We’d love to see our community keeping Shakespeare and the love of the arts alive during this time of isolation!

 

 

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