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You will be required to work with a team of four other students to plan, prepare, and present an entry for the "Shakespeare Centre Millennium Link" project, sponsored by The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England.  

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You and your partners need to research Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, by class discussion, viewing a presentation of the play by a professional acting company, and by using Internet web sites. You will design and create :

an extract from the play

and you will use digital photos taken of your scenes to create a web page documenting your play, for submission to the Millennium project.

Your presentation will include roles for each of the five team members, one scene, and an interpretation of one situation or issue introduced by the original play. You may write your script in poetry or prose. Costume, make-up, scenery, props, and music should be kept to a minimum, with a select few items to set the tone only.  The performance must take place on your Regular Mode day during the week of Shakespeare's birthday, April 23, 2,000.  That will be between April 17 and 20th and April 28th for Friday's class.

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numberone.gif (612 bytes) Preparing:

a.gif (660 bytes) The first thing that you and your team will need to do is to decide on the scene which you would like to respond to in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. You will need to research the play, and how to produce and perform a play.  Then you will need to Brainstorm the possible plays you might create. Once you have a list of possibilities, set a list of criteria for choosing the best choice for your group, e.g. appropriate roles for each team member, a manageable task, a play that will interpret a scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream, clearly and in an interesting manner... and eliminate those ideas that don't meet your criteria. To narrow the choices down to one, vote on the ideas that meet your criteria.

b.gif (686 bytes) Next, you need to decide which role(s) each of the five members of the team will take. Below is a list of the roles that must be filled, with their descriptions. All members will take an acting role and one other role.

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The script writers are responsible for:

taking the ideas decided upon by the group and creating a script for the play from them

having the director peer edit the script

creating a second draft for Mrs. Hughes by the week of December 6-10, 1999 

creating a final draft with enough copies for each member of the team by the week of January 17-21, 2,000

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The director/stage manager is responsible for supporting, encouraging and leading the team to a successful presentation by:

facilitating the entire process

peer editing the script

organizing the actors and the rehearsals

coaching the actors

managing the performance

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The technicians are responsible for:

ensuring that costume, make-up, scenery, props, and music are kept to a minimum, with a select few items to set the tone ( ie. flowers in the hair of the fairies ) or provide an emphasis ( ie. the scene requires a donkey's head because all of the humour is centred on it ).

taking their ideas to their director/group for any suggestions they might want to add to their recommendations

then they must obtain final approval from Mrs. Hughes.

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The actors are responsible for:

learning their parts 

participating in rehearsals 

acting out the script

listening to their director's/stage manager's suggestions and directions

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In order to develop your ideas for your play you will need to understand Shakespeare's play and how to create a play.  The following resources will help in this process:

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Surfing With the Bard This site offers information and many excellent links on Shakespeare, his times, his plays and how to stage them. Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet This site offers comprehensive information about Shakespeare, his times, his plays and how to stage them.
Surfing With the Bard: A Midsummer Night's Dream Study Guide This guide offers lots of information about the play and how to understand and enjoy it. A Midsummer Night's Dream the play as a whole
Kids Web Digital Library for Schoolkids Check out the drama section for useful links. Write Your Scene Worksheets to help you plan your scene and write your script.
Shakespeare 4 Kidz  Uk's #1 Shakespeare Company
for Children and Young People
Shakepeare for Kids Edmonton Public Library List of books and videos to look for in your library.

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Once you have found the information to complete your tasks, you must sort through your information, selecting the important information and discarding the rest. You will then need to begin creating the play.

You need to convey the information you have collected in the way you complete your tasks. The play should reflect an understanding of Shakespeare's play and of how to put on a play.

Rehearse your play.

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Present your play during the week of Shakespeare's birthday.

Self-evaluate as an individual and as a group.

Use the digital photos taken of your play, a summary of what your group was trying to do, annotations from the script to go with the photos, and create a single web page for submission to the Shakespeare Centre Millennium Link project.

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You will be evaluated on the following strands from the Farringdon Hill Enrichment Centre Regular Mode Evaluation Rubric:

Use of information and resources


and assessed further on your presentation/performance with the following questions:

  1. Does a sense of what this scene is about come over clearly?

  2. Is the performance sustained, without slack moments? Does it give the impression of having been thought through?

  3. Do students participate fully in the performance even when they are not themselves speaking? Does each actor relate appropriately to others?

  4. Does the performance feel convincing? Is it done with sincerity and conviction?

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You have accepted a long term challenge that will be rewarding:

as you journey on your quest,

when you complete your journey towards a better understanding of using the World Wide Web to solve an information problem,

and when you produce and gain recognition for your adaptation of a scene from Shakespeare.

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