I immediately fell in love with this idea. Shakespeare is meant to be seen, not read. When you see actors performing you are much more likely to understand what is going on and what is being said than if you are staring at unfamiliar words on a crowded page.
I fell in love with Shakespeare as a child because my mother would take me to see his plays. I was four when she first took me to see Taming of the Shrew and by the time she took me to see the RSC's A Midsummer Night's Dream when I was eleven, I was hooked.
How better to introduce students to a love of Shakespeare than to perform it for them?
So, I had my lovely Assistant Director, Sara Schennum, do some research for me and she found out that the local high schools have their kids read Romeo & Juliet, and Macbeth. Honor English classes read A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet.
My thought now is to form an acting troupe and have them prepare and rehearse a couple scenes from each of these plays so that when students at different schools and colleges study Shakespeare we can come in and perform for them.
What I want to know now is what are your favorite scenes from these plays? Should we really do The Balcony Scene in Romeo and Juliet or is it overdone? Would a different scene, say the one where Juliet begs the Nurse to tell her Romeo's plans, be better? Hamlet's "To be or not to be" is a must... right? What is your opinion?