Romeo and Juliet Dramatic Performance (Audio)

Librivox recording of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. (Version 2)

For various downloadable formats to add to your personal devices visit the Internet Archive.

Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s famous tragedy of two “star-crossed lovers” from rival houses. Romeo and Juliet meet at a party and fall instantly in love, realizing too late that their families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are mortal enemies. Braving parental opposition, the teenage lovers marry in secret, with the aid of the well-intentioned Friar Lawrence. Yet, as Shakespeare has often observed, the course of true love does not run smoothly, and Romeo and Juliet must risk death to be together. (summary by Elizabeth Klett)

Planning Your Blocking for Romeo and Juliet

You’ve heard me mention the term ‘Blocking’, and we talked a bit about it in class, but I wanted to be sure that you were considering this all important aspect of stage production while you are writing your scripts for our Play in a Day performance of Romeo and Juliet. Ultimately, ‘Blocking’ refers to the consideration of where actors are on stage in relation to each other and what they are doing while speaking. This should help you:

Romeo and Juliet Blocking

 

Borrowed from the Classical Theatre Project Romeo and Juliet Student Handout:
http://www.classicaltheatreproject.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Handouts.pdf

Here Comes an Equivocator…

Macbeth Journal Entry #4

Re-watch the film and stage performances of the Porter’s monologue in Act II, Scene iii of Macbeth. Compare and contrast ¬†with the lines of the play. Which version of the Porter do you feel best represents the atmosphere and mood of the play? Why? Post to your blog.

Things to focus on (as we discussed today in class):

  • make-up
  • setting
  • music
  • wardrobe
  • props
  • lines omitted or added
  • lighting
  • emotion
    • tone of voice
    • facial expression
    • body language

These are the ones we watched in class BUT there are many more. Do a search and see which ones resonate the most with you.

Macbeth (1971) Roman Polanski’s film

Macbeth (1978) Stage

Macbeth (2010) Film

I LOVE this kid! What do you think about this one?