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Hamlet: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

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The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, brings Hamlet to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition.

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Hamlet: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

Twelfth Night Act 2 Sc 4

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In this video from Penn State's School of Theatre production of Twelfth Night, back at his palace, Orsino summons Feste to perform a song. In the meantime, the Duke and Viola have a conversation about a certain someone Viola (Cesario) fancies, and Orsino offers his love advice. Orsino declares he will not take “no” for an answer from Olivia, but Viola protests that love doesn’t always go according to plan. The two debate men’s and women’s capacities for love, and at the end of their exchange, Orsino orders Viola (Cesario) to return to Olivia with a love token from him.

Commercial: Pictures and Words

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This commercial demonstrates how pictures and words work together to tell a story. This resource teaches print literacy, and helps students understand how different types of media may be used in story-telling.

MONTANA SHAKES! DIY: Creative Design Workshop

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Create puppets and and learn about Shakespeare! Unleash elementary-aged students imagination with a DIY craft project to create fairies as seen in the MONTANA SHAKES! 2016, All the West's a Stage adaptation of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

Students will:

  • Identify characters, settings, and major events from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
  • Identify personality traits of characters from the play
  • Explore and embody different physical qualities and emotions through movement
  • Introduce and explore the concept of personification with found objects

Documenting Communities | Media Arts Toolkit

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Berea College’s Partners for Education partnered with communities in 10 Kentucky Appalachian counties to develop the Our Creative Promise website to showcase the region’s creative assets. They invited schools in each county to engage students in creating artworks to celebrate the unique attributes of their communities. Students wrote poetry, painted murals, created sculptures, recorded interviews, and wrote songs. Media arts were integrated throughout so that their projects could be added to the regional website. Each county profile has a section entitled “Youth Lens,” where student multimedia creativity is showcased.

Frankie Quimby of Sapelo Island | EGG: The Arts Show

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This video segment from Egg: The Arts Show presents a glimpse of the last island-based Gullah/Geechee community located on Sapelo Island. The original Gullah/Geechee were slaves. When slavery was abolished, the lands on the island were abandoned to the slaves. Frankie Quimby of the Georgia Sea Island Singers speaks of her pride for the island community and the importance of preserving the Gullah/Geechee culture. She also tells how the songs of the slaves also served as escape songs. For more about Sapelo Island, see “Ben Hall of Sapelo Island” and “Ronald Johnson of Sapelo Island.”

Hung Liu: Visual Art

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Trained as a propaganda painter during the Cultural Revolution in China, Hung Liu now creates large-scale portraits of unsung heroes. Discover her creative process in this video from Spark.

Check out the entire collection of KQED SPARK videos here! 

The Anthology of Rap

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This video explores how rap is treated as poetry in the new book "The Anthology of Rap."

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.

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