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Toni Morrison's Beloved, On Stage

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NewsHour Correspondent Jeffrey Brown reports on a stage production of Toni Morrison's acclaimed novel Beloved.

Eddie Murphy's Acceptance Speech | Mark Twain Prize

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From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, a lineup of the biggest names in comedy honored the 18th recipient of the humor prize, Eddie Murphy. In this clip, Eddie Murphy jokes that the name of the Mark Twain Prize should be clarified. 

Combinatory Play: Pablo Helguera | The Art Assignment

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This week we meet Pablo Helguera, an artist, museum educator, and writer, at the Indianapolis stop of his Spanish language bookstore Librería Donceles. His assignment challenges you to give old books new lives through combinatory play.

Our Town 2: Love and Marriage

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Students examine the meaning of marriage and the role it plays in civilization in this scene from the MASTERPIECE 2003 production of the play, Our Town. The Stage Manager (played by Paul Newman) delivers a brief sermon just before the marriage of Emily and George, the two youthful protagonists of the play. The Stage Manager acknowledges that marriage is considered a sacrament by some, yet it can also cause confusion and uncertainty. See Teaching Tips for how to use the video in the classroom. This resource, aimed at ELA and drama teachers, is part of the MASTERPIECE Collection and accompanies other resources from Our Town: The Way We Were and A Good Rest.

Macbeth | The Metropolitan Opera

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Macbeth is a tale of power, superstition, and political intrigue driven by the title character and his scheming wife, whose fascinating, highly charged relationship finds rich depiction in Verdi’s ominous score. The opera highlights the ferocious royal couple’s ruthlessness in sinuously menacing music and also contains some of Verdi’s most stirring choral writing. Macbeth is Verdi’s first Shakespearean adaptation, which he wrote early in his career but returned to revise almost 20 years later, a clear indication that even at the height of his success and artistic powers, the composer considered this score to be an essential part of his oeuvre.

The Operatic Moods of Lady Macbeth | The Metropolitan Opera

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This excerpt from Verdi’s Macbeth presents the character of Lady Macbeth as she manipulates her husband and reflects to herself when she is alone with her thoughts. Students will study characters’ moods and attitudes as they are represented by their text and music. Explore the support materials below for additional background, discussion questions, teaching tips, and a student handout.

The Inner Life: Soliloquies and Arias in Shakespeare and Gounod | The Metropolitan Opera

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This excerpt from Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette presents Gounod’s version of Shakespeare’s Balcony Scene. By comparing this scene to Shakespeare’s text, students will explore the nature of operatic communication and how composers convey characters’ innermost thoughts. Explore the support materials below for additional background, discussion questions, teaching tips, and a student handout.

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.

Jay Leno's Acceptance Speech | Mark Twain Prize

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Jay Leno thanks his audience at the 2014 Mark Twain Prize. He recounts many of his past experiences leading up to his successful career as a comedian and host of the Tonight Show.

Shakespeare Inside the Classroom | Experiencing Shakespeare

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In this clip we visit a 9th grade class that is exploring the language of Romeo and Juliet by hurling Shakespearean insults at each other, and by looking at how reading the lines in different tones affects what meaning is conveyed.

Performing Shakespeare | Experiencing Shakespeare

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Student reporters meet on stage to try two different approaches to the same scene from Romeo and Juliet in order to examine the various interpretations that are possible.

White House Hosts Poetry Jam

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Poets perform their work at the first-ever White House poetry jam.

Actors Brush Up on Their Shakespeare

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NewsHour Arts Correspondent Jeffrey Brown reports on a school where actors go to brush up on their interpretations of Shakespeare's works.

Our Town 1: The Way We Were

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As students explore this pivotal scene from the MASTERPIECE 2003 production of Our Town, they examine the play’s themes about legacy and memory. The Stage Manager, played by Paul Newman, reflects on what should go in the cornerstone of a new bank in Grover’s Corners, a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. He celebrates the value of people’s everyday lives. See Teaching Tips for how to use the video in the classroom. This resource, aimed at ELA and drama teachers, is part of the MASTERPIECE Collection and accompanies other resources from Our Town: Love and Marriage and A Good Rest.

Hamlet | Shakespeare in the Schools 2016

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Acting workshops conducted by 2016 Montana Shakespeare in the Schools for middle and high school students to develop skills in improvisation, language, pantomime, stage combat, and critical analysis.

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