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Twelfth Night: Dramatic Dialogue Workshop | Shakespeare in the Schools

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This workshop is an introduction to how actors build characters and relationships, transforming the written words to actions and presence on stage. Students will explore Shakespeare’s use of words, rhythms, and language in Twelfth Night through activities that exercise vocal acting skills. This resource contains a Short Video with the actors discussing this topic, an example in the Full Workshop Video, an Excerpts Video containing examples from the full play, and a walk through in the Lesson Plan.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Shakespeare as Musical Theatre | Shakespeare in the Schools

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Each fall, Shakespeare in the Schools performs in about 50 schools throughout Montana. These productions feature a professional company performing a 75-minute production of a Shakespearean play, complete with ornate costumes and scenery, followed by a Q&A session between the actors and students and a full complement of workshops. A Midsummer Night's Dream was the 2014 presentation and was captured on video by a student at the annual Elise Event fundraiser. PBS is using that student's work to provide a similar opportunity for other schools, including resources for four workshops.

Twelfth Night: Full Play | Shakespeare in the Schools

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Montana Shakespeare in the Schools performs Twelfth Night (What You Will) for middle and high school students. This resource includes the full play, with a talk-back after the show in which audience members ask the cast and crew questions about the production. The full transcript of the play is also included. 

Twelfth Night: Physical Theater Workshop | Shakespeare in the Schools

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This workshop is an introduction to how actors use movement and the physical body to tell stories and express emotion. Through playful exercise, students learn to use movement to convey the rich themes, conflicts, and relationships within Twelfth Night. This resource contains a Short Video with the actors discussing this topic, an example in the Full Workshop Video, an Excerpts Video containing examples from the full play, and a walk-through in the Lesson Plan.

Twelfth Night: Improv Workshop | Shakespeare in the Schools

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Improvisation is a key to Shakespearean works because there are no detailed scripts for actors to follow when performing a play by Shakespeare. This lesson is an introduction to three rules of improvisation (agreement, imagination, and given circumstance) through exercises that sharpen students’ ability to think on their feet and work as a team. They will then apply those exercises to exploring the theatrical world of Twelfth Night’s Illyria. This resource contains a Short Video with the actors discussing this topic, an example in the Full Workshop Video, an Excerpts Video containing examples from the full play, and a walk through in the Lesson Plan.

Twelfth Night: Characterization | Shakespeare in the Schools

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Five actors discuss some of the components they employ to craft a character. Actors who play multiple characters differentiate between characters by changing their appearance, movement, voice, and posture. These five actors also talk about how hairstyles, costumes, fake facial hair, and wigs can aide in making two characters different even when played by the same person. This resource contains an Introductions Video to the actors and the actors talking about two major components to characterization in the Hair, Wigs, and Costumes Video and Multiple Characters Video. Discussion questions are also included. 

The Merchant of Venice: Evaluating Values | Shakespeare in the Schools

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In Shakespeare's The Merchant of VeniceShylock contemplates various values: financial, familial, and universal after the loss of his daughter and money.

The Merchant of Venice: Language of Shakespeare | Shakespeare in the Schools

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In The Merchant of VenicePortia and Shylock use language to persuade a jury. Two iconic speeches, "The Quality of Mercy" and Hath not a Jew eyes?" illustrate the rhetorical devices of listing and imagery.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Play Within a Play | Shakespeare in the Schools

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Each fall, Shakespeare in the Schools performs in about 50 schools throughout Montana. These productions feature a professional company performing a 75-minute production of a Shakespearean play, complete with ornate costumes and scenery, followed by a Q&A session between the actors and students and a full complement of workshops. A Midsummer Night's Dream was the 2014 presentation and was captured on video by a student at the annual Elise Event fundraiser. PBS is using that student's work to provide a similar opportunity for other schools, including resources for four workshops.

Twelfth Night: Losing Feste | Shakespeare in the Schools

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In this version of Twelfth Night, the characters of Feste and other small servant roles were cut. Where did their roles, lines, and actions go? Hear from MSIP actors Jess Thigpen and Marcus Cunningham as they talk about how losing Feste influenced their characters of Maria and Curio respectively.