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Prepare for Comedy of Errors (Professional Productions)

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Shakespeare Education, Shakespeare for Kids by Kids, Shakespeare Resources | 0 comments

Prepare for Comedy of Errors (Professional Productions)

| by Andee Kinzy | Here at ImprovEd Shakespeare, we firmly believe you should get to know the story before jumping into a Shakespeare play. In honor of the full-length Shakespeare productions in Austin, we want to share some resources with you. UNDERSTANDING COMEDY OF ERRORS YouTube: If you like YouTube, we have a playlist on our channel: Studies: The Comedy of Errors For a short written summary: Royal Shakespeare Company Synopsis of Comedy of Errors *Note: They have additional interesting explorations into the play in the menu on the left....

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Prepare for Much Ado

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare Education, Shakespeare Resources | 0 comments

Prepare for Much Ado

| by Andee Kinzy | Here at ImprovEd Shakespeare, we firmly believe you should get to know the story before jumping into a Shakespeare play. In honor of our fall production, we want to share some resources with you. UNDERSTANDING MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING   YouTube: If you like YouTube, we have a playlist on our channel: Studies: Much Ado About Nothing For a short written summary: No Fear Shakespeare *Note: No Fear Shakespeare has a useful modern translation next to the original text. If you want to read the entire play, we enjoy using No...

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Is Shakespeare Only for Accomplished Readers?

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Shakespeare Education, Shakespeare for Kids by Kids, Shakespeare Resources | 0 comments

Is Shakespeare Only for Accomplished Readers?

| by Andee Kinzy | Do You Have to Be Able To Read Well Before an Introduction to Shakespeare? NO. Although she never talks about it, my daughter was not a great reader when she landed the title role of Prospera in ImprovEd Shakespeare’s Tempest. She was 8 years old; and honestly, the only reason she was cast in the part was because she was the only one who wanted the role. Once the other kids saw how many lines had to be memorized, they all declined auditioning for the pivotal position. As a fledgling reader, I didn’t think she...

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Top 10 Reasons to Join ImprovEd Shakespeare This Fall

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Shakespeare Education, Shakespeare for Kids by Kids | 0 comments

Top 10 Reasons to Join ImprovEd Shakespeare This Fall

| by Andee Kinzy | Why Should You Join ImprovEd Shakespeare This Fall? Top Ten List From the Mouths of Kids 10. You get to play interesting characters who say things, instead of a baby wolf. 9. It’s the best acting thing you’ll get to do at this age. 8. You will be introduced to fascinating language. 7. You can insult your siblings and when your parents tell you not to, you can say, “I was just quoting Shakespeare!” 6. You’ll learn the funniest words. 5. You get to hang out with fun people. 4. You get to work...

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A Poem for Petruchio by His Loving Wife, Katharina

Posted by on Apr 18, 2015 in Shakespeare Education, Shakespeare for Kids by Kids, Shakespeare Resources | 0 comments

A Poem for Petruchio by His Loving Wife, Katharina

| By Hotspur | “An Ode To Petruchio” by his Loving Wife, Katharina Petrifies people. Entertaining until it gets weird. Tries to control you. Recently won 100 crowns. Unfortunately, kind of mean to his servants. Crazy!!! Happily living wealthily in Padua. Inherently impulsive and instinctive. Obsessed with me. Hotspur is an advanced martial artist. She likes beating the fuzz out of bags. Occasionally she wants to beat the fuzz out of Shakespeare because he’s so complicated. She’s really good at dying on stage. The histories are her...

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From There to Hair, Hair to There: Funny Hair Adornments Everywhere

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Shakespeare Education, Shakespeare for Kids by Kids, Shakespeare Resources | 0 comments

From There to Hair, Hair to There: Funny Hair Adornments Everywhere

| By Portia | Hair adornment, or hair jewelry, was quite popular during the Renaissance; especially if you didn’t have the high forehead that was considered “beautiful” and desirable back then. Personally, I think that the way they made their foreheads “high” is unseemly; they used tweezers to pluck out their hairlines! There were many different hair ornaments including vials, tiaras, turbans and caps. All the different hair embellishments were beautiful, sometimes women even added jewels throughout their hair....

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Lucentio’s Lovelorn Life Leads to a Lovely Lady

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Shakespeare Education, Shakespeare for Kids by Kids, Shakespeare Resources | 0 comments

Lucentio’s Lovelorn Life Leads to a Lovely Lady

 | By Portia | Who loves Lucentio?  I don’t!!!  Personally, I think he is a shallow man who wants lots of money. Besides, I’m already married to the fabulous Bassanio (from Merchant of Venice). Who loves Lucentio? Bianca does!!!  Apparently… well, she seems to like him more than Hortensio. To get this clarified, I went straight to the source: Bianca.  Portia:  Hey there Bianca, there’s been some drama about you and Lucentio lately.  So to clear it up, I wanted to ask you a few quick questions. You up for that?  Bianca:...

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6 Songs 6 Shrew Souls Should Sing

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Shakespeare Education, Shakespeare for Kids by Kids, Shakespeare Resources | 2 comments

6 Songs 6 Shrew Souls Should Sing

| by Hamlet, Princess of Denmark | Whenever I’m listening to the 60s station on Pandora, I always hear these songs that seem like they would totally sync with what certain Shakespeare characters are feeling in the heat of the moment. Romeo, for example. I could see him pull Juliet along, singing “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tommy James and the Shondells. Some day, I’m going to write a Shakespeare musical adaptation, set in the 60s. In the meantime, I was inspired by our production of “Taming of the...

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“Taming of the Shrew” Spoilers!

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Shakespeare Education, Shakespeare for Kids by Kids, Shakespeare Resources | 1 comment

“Taming of the Shrew” Spoilers!

 | By Countess Olivia | What is this “Taming Of The Shrew” play? Well, you’re about to find out. WARNING: Please only read this article if you don’t mind spoilers! “Taming of the Shrew” is one of William Shakespeare’s wonderful plays. It is about an angry “shrew.” A shrew was a way of describing a woman of violent temper and speech, though it can also mean a small insectivore. This “shrew’s” name is Katherina, or Kate for short. She has a beautiful, younger sister named...

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True Love 101: The “Truth” About Kate and Petruchio – Yay or Nay?

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Shakespeare Education, Shakespeare for Kids by Kids, Shakespeare Resources | 0 comments

True Love 101: The “Truth” About Kate and Petruchio – Yay or Nay?

| by Hamlet, Princess of Denmark | What do you think about true love in the Renaissance? Or about true love at all, really? Is it a thing of fairy tales; or is it real? Well, we hear legends of knights and princesses falling in love in the Renaissance; and of lords and ladies who were a match made in heaven. Besides, what about King Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot… Romeo and Juliet? What were all these tales based on if true love didn’t exist? I suppose we’ll never really know, but we can make an educated guess. In...

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