Bard 400: Shakespeare Club
The continuance of celebrating the 400 year passing of Shakespeare continues–I hope it just keeps continuing.
My mission this month is to convince high school students to join my Students for Shakespeare Club. I’m doing this not only because I want students to know the amazingness of Billy Bard, I’m also promoting the club because I don’t want to lose $400.
You see many years ago a batch of drama students formed the Students for Shakespeare Club so they could perform the Scottish play at the town’s local theatre. It was a success. Money was generated from tickets, the students graduated, and the club somewhat languished until it became the starting point for sponsoring the yearly Shakesperience drama production. Long story short: it’s well known on campus how much I like Shakespeare, so it wasn’t too difficult to convince me to take on the task of scheduling the annual play. So what’s with the $400?
Basically if a club does not use its funds it loses them–they get dispersed to other clubs. At least that’s what I understand. If I can get a few students dropping by my classroom now and then to learn Shakespeare stuff, like stage fighting, tossing out insults, arranging a flash mob, playing around with scenes, I think I’ll be safe.
Here’s my promo for the morning announcements. It was a hit.
At the homecoming carnival I provided the game of “Thou Art” which involved selecting a slip from three available baskets in order to form a personal Shakespearean compliment. Such as: THOU ART A…
MELTING TIGER-BOOTED GODDESS
It was a hit. As a thanks for playing, participants got Smarties for becoming smarter about the Bard. Candy is always a hit.
I managed to sign up six students. I’m in business. Should I go for stage fighting for the first meeting?
Or a (maybe not so politically charged) flash mob scene?
I want to be in your club!!
I shall be gathering quotes of what Shakespeare means to people–I can count on you for a quote? More details later…
Stage fighting. 100%. (Also, I wish I had a teacher like you when I was at school – your classes are the best.)