March 16 – Theatrics

We saw two dramatic plays today. The first was a onE man show, Being Shakespeare. Simon Callow, the Scotsman who danced himself to death in 4 Weddings and. Funeral, was the star who gave us a history lesson and an amazing  taste of the highlights of Shakespeare’s work as they related to his own life. Put things into better perspective for me.

Then in the evening we saw Tyne Daly play Maria Callas. this had 4 other characters with veryminimal parts. Both plays had minimal sets and were in smaller, more intimate theatres. Compared to Wicked which I saw on the first Night with it’s lavish set and costumes and over the topnumbers, these 2 plays could have been called simple.

But I enjoyed all three of them. I think it’s like that in teaching. Maybe we don’t always have to try for the involved lessons with multipleprojects to get the point across and have students make a connection. We talk so muchabout engaging our media-overloaded students, but I think simple can get their attention too. Of course we still have to do the song and dance too sometimes. Like Shakespeare sAid, all the world’s a stage….


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. elsie
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 11:35:53

    Great connections to the class and performing. Isn’t that what we do every day, perform. Hopefully someone is watching (and learning). I’m jealous of your plays, wish I could go too.


  2. Donna Smith
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 19:57:41

    It’s true, so much can be snipped and edited from what we teach…and what we say. Too much talk and we sound like the adults on the Charlie Brown specials…”Wah, wah, wah, wah, wah…” They are tuned out and gone. But it’s true also, that sometimes you’d better put your tap shoes on! A good teacher knows when to do which.


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