Romeo and Juliet

Overview

Conceived and written by two classically trained American actors, this workbook in Smith & Kraus’ Discovering Shakespeare Series is a gateway to understanding Shakespeare. The side-by-side presentation of original language and a "translation" into vernacular allows the student to quickly understand and appreciate the play.

A guide to reading, understanding, and performing Shakespeare's A midsummer night's dream.

...
See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (3) from $15.75   
  • Used (3) from $15.75   
Sending request ...

Overview

Conceived and written by two classically trained American actors, this workbook in Smith & Kraus’ Discovering Shakespeare Series is a gateway to understanding Shakespeare. The side-by-side presentation of original language and a "translation" into vernacular allows the student to quickly understand and appreciate the play.

A guide to reading, understanding, and performing Shakespeare's A midsummer night's dream.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jeanne M. McGlinn
Introducing middle school students to Shakespeare might seem like a radical ideal until you read Olster and Hamilton's play workbooks in this Young Actors series. Each workbook follows a similar design. An abridged version of the Shakespearean play is juxtaposed with a vernacular or contemporary translation, detailed scene descriptions, and stage directions (set in parallel columns across double pages). The intention is that the vernacular version will serve as a bridge to reading and understanding Shakespeare's play by introducing children to the intricacies of plot and character through "everyday" language. Then students will be ready to tackle Shakespeare's own language, which, the authors insist, should always be used for performance. Introductory essays give background to the play: the manners or customs of Elizabethan times and the relationships between characters. After the text of the play, there are descriptions of theatrical conventions, how to get into character, and the rehearsal process. The abridgement simplifies the original play, while preserving the action and main meaning of the characters' speeches. The authors note that they "have taken some minor liberties with Shakespeare's text to accommodate our abridged version." In fact the abridgement is often sufficient for understanding the play. Still, their "vernacular version" of the play is useful in sorting out sentence structure and the vocabulary of the original. The authors' suggestion that students look up every word they don't know ought to be ignored; their better suggestion is to get the meaning through acting out the play. Students could use the workbook to get the meaning they need and then trust their own readings of Shakespeare's words. Teachers will find these books useful reference tools to paraphrase the plays or provide directions for acting scenes. Glossary. Biblio. Note: This review was written and published to address three titles: Discovering Shakespeare: A Midsummer's Night Dream: A Workbook for Students and Teachers, Discovering Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet: A Workbook for Students and Teachers and Discovering Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew: A Workbook for Students and Teachers.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575250441
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/15/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.57 (w) x 11.01 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Fredi Olster and Rick Hamilton have acted in sixty productions of Shakespeare's plays, as well as appearing in film and on television. Their extensive experience in regional repertory theater includes several seasons at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, where Fredi was Kate and Rick was Tranio in Bill Ball's widely acclaimed production of The Taming of the Shrew, which was televised for Theatre in America (PBS). They spent several seasons with the Oregon Shakespearean Festival, the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Alley Theatre, and the Dallas Shakespeare Festival, among others.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)