Took the Peeps to see a performance of Macbeth this morning. Let me tell you, eight-thirty is early for Shakespeare, even for the caffeine-fortified! Still, it was an awesome show, put on by a small local theatre group. Afterward the cast and director sat on the stage, talked with us, and answered various questions on the art of acting and in particular performing Shakespeare.
The Peeps enjoyed the preformance as well; they had been suitably prepped (I’d hoped). Last week we read Macbeth from Tales from Shakespeare, as well as a study guide the theatre company provided and character bios. We also re-listened to the SOTW adaptation from the Middle Ages audio CD.
I don’t know why, but I feel there is value in being well-versed (or even partially-versed) in Shakespeare. The stories are timeless, the writing lyrical, and the characters compelling. Fortunately for me there are so many wonderful adaptations to gently introduce younger students to the world of the great Bard of Avon. Even when the Peeps were little I remember reading them a fantastically illustrated version of a Midsummer Night’s Dream that they absolutely loved. Hopefully, I am instilling a life-long love of his work, if not outright bardolotry.
ETA: My favorite quote of the play, spoken by Lady Macbeth to her husband after he has made a scene of seeing Banquo’s ghost at his dinner party: “You have displac’d the mirth.” LOL