Romeo and Juliet Dramatic Performance (Audio)

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

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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)

Shakespeare Review and the Hip Hop Connection

Well, the time has come for us to say farewell to William Shakespeare, our friends Romeo, his fair Juliet, and the four-toothed nurse (who Alex thinks is important for some reason).

Some, but not all, of my fond memories include:

  • Aisha’s return as Juliet after she sinks into her death like state (in another group’s performance)
  • Juliet’s immediate decomposition from Aisha to skeleton and then back again in the form of Thomas
  • Thomas ending the play by re-envisioning its name
  • Jeremy’s bucket hat
  • Cameron’s “curly shuffle” – yes, that was weird
  • Najib’s wig
  • Elliot’s “Gentleman” impression
  • Aisha’s “I can’t read my lines because it’s too dark in here” Moment
  • Jaimee’s Oliver Twist accent
  • Ron’s Shrek accent

Let’s have some fun!

A refresher from the beginning: 14 Lesser Known Facts About Shakespeare

14 Things You May Not Know About Shakespeare

14 Things You May Not Know About Shakespeare

How Shakespearean Are You? (Review)

Click HERE to play the review game (Also:

  • Once you visit the site a game pin will be generated (it is different each time the game is launched)
  • Get together into groups of 3:  Enter your group name in the field provided
  • Your group name will appear on the screen
  • After the 1st group enters their name, remaining groups will have 15 seconds to enter the game
  • Select your answer by the corresponding colour / shape displayed on the screen
  • The quicker you are, the more points you receive
  • You can’s change your answer after you have selected it
  • Team with the most points at the end wins

Writing Style
iambic pentameter, blank verse, slang, etc…as related to hip hop / rap

The Largest Vocabulary in Hip Hop



Watch Video (in class): Shakespeare is Hip Hop

Shakespeare or Hip Hop?

Click HERE to play the game (Also:

Setting the Stage – Romeo and Juliet to Act IV – Which Film?

Starting next week you will be presenting scenes from Acts IV and V of Romeo and Juliet in your groups. To set the stage for those performances we will watch up until the end of Act III tomorrow. Which film we watch is up to you. Which one are you liking the best so far? Select your choice below.