This is a quick post about a couple ideas that are awesome, and all credit goes to an amazing homeschool mom, Amy.
Recently Amy directed her small homeschool co-op in one of our plays, The Tempest for Kids. In doing so, she decided to perform it in their backyard, inspired by our own Backyard Shakespeare. That being said, she quickly renamed it, BackBARD Shakespeare… clever! But, her ideas did not stop there, no. Her kids and she came up with a couple other brilliant ideas that I think many of you directors of creative drama students could use.
First, the kids did a commercial halfway through the show. How awesome is that? Part of their homework was to create a “Shakespearean” commercial, and plan, write, block, and direct it. Brilliant for kids who either have smaller roles or need a bit more to keep them occupied and challenged.
Second. Create an epilogue. Now, some of Shakespeare’s plays already have an epilogue, but many do not. With The Tempest, there was none and the kids were very curious about what was going to happen when (spoiler alert) the gang got off the island and Miranda and Ferdinand got married! So, again, the kids wrote and directed their own piece and it turns out that they had a baby! (cut to one of the small homeschool siblings now coming on stage as their “son”)
Too cute and a classic great use of education! Bravo! Well done Amy! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next show!
Creative Performance Ideas was originally published on Shakespeare for Kids Books