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Shakespeare's a Midsummer Night's Dream for Kids: 3 Short Melodramatic Plays for 3 Group Sizes
     

Shakespeare's a Midsummer Night's Dream for Kids: 3 Short Melodramatic Plays for 3 Group Sizes

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by Shana Lopez (Illustrator), Brendan Kelso
 

Midsummer like you have never read it before: fun and easy to understand. Designed for 9-20+ actors, kids of all ages, or anyone who wants to enjoy and loosely understand Shakespeare's play.

What you will get:

  • Fun!
  • 3 melodramatic modifications for group

Overview

Midsummer like you have never read it before: fun and easy to understand. Designed for 9-20+ actors, kids of all ages, or anyone who wants to enjoy and loosely understand Shakespeare's play.

What you will get:

  • Fun!
  • 3 melodramatic modifications for group sizes:
    • 9-10
    • 11-14
    • 15-20


  • Actual lines from Shakespeare's play mixed in
  • Creatively funny interpretations of the remaining script
  • A delightfully funny rendition that is easy for ADULTS to understand too!
  • A kid who loves Shakespeare!

This mini-melodramatic masterpiece is sure to be a doorway for your child to love all the classics. Shakespeare is difficult enough in class or watching on stage, let alone trying to teach the stories to children, but as the author's mantra states in the book, "there is no better way to learn than to have fun!"
Kids who have read this have also eventually purchased the entire Shakespeare works, and have completed 'hero' reports on Shakespeare at school. Guaranteed to have you coming back for more!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419685521
Publisher:
BookSurge, LLC
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Pages:
70
Sales rank:
877,076
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.12(d)

Meet the Author

Brendan P. Kelso, known to the kids as Professor Peculiar because of his unique and humorous personality, came to writing modified Shakespeare scripts when he was taking time off from work to be at home with his son. "It just grew from there" Within months, he was being asked to offer classes in various locations and acting organizations along the coast of California. Employed as an engineer, Brendan never thought about writing. But he has always stated, "There is no better way to learn than to have fun!" Brendan makes his home on the central coast of California and loves to spend time with his wife and son.

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Shakespeare's a Midsummer Night's Dream for Kids: 3 Short Melodramatic Plays for 3 Group Sizes 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Kenmore_Drama_Lady More than 1 year ago
I brought this to a week-long summer camp to teach it to children between 3rd and 8th grade. This was my first summer at this camp and when the children, their parents and the staff heard we were doing Shakespeare, I got a lot of skeptical reactions. Would the kids "get it"? Would it be too dry? This adaptation is very, very simplified, but that was perfect for my purposes because the kiddos needed to learn it, design it and perform it in seven days. I also found it to be versatile enough to allow the kids a chance to add their own flair to it while working in some Shakespearean education and working with improv. I had my "Puck" learn most of the "If we shadows have offended" soliloquy instead of just the bit that is in the script. We added songs that the kids made up to fit the story. The kids were able, based on what was in the script, to sink their teeth into creating a beautiful, magical and playful world. The ensemble aspect was nice too - yes, there are main characters, but there is an opportunity for everyone to have an important part. We took the play which would probably run straight at about 10 minutes and turned it into a 25 minute production. I've never been more proud of a group of children. Older kids might not be into it as much, but for elementary school children, it's a great introduction to Shakespeare in a completely unintimidating way. The adults were wildly impressed and the children had a fantastic time.
Audrey22 More than 1 year ago
Even though the sequence of events to a very complex play was done well, the characters were oversimplified and dumbed-down. I needed the script for my Jr. High students and felt that I needed to give them credit for having more insight and taste for comedy than this adaptation provided. The one positive thing that came of buying this script is that it prompted me to write my very own adaptation of which I am very proud to share with my students and our audience.