Would your kids really enjoy seeing a Shakespearean play? Join Chairman Michael Farris as he asks his guest Deborah Taylor-Hough that question today on Home School Heartbeat.
Debi, tell our listeners about attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival with your 11-year-old daughter.
Well, after reading A Midsummer Night's Dream and A Comedy of Errors several times before the festival and also seeing videotape performances, my daughter could hardly wait to see the actual production from a real stage with professional Shakespearean actors. She was so excited to find out how her favorite characters were going to be portrayed and what sort of sets they'd have. It was all very exciting, and I know she found it a really fun experience.
If a professional performance is unavailable in your area, what would you suggest?
Well, you can check the "what's happening" section in your local paper for plays put on by local theater groups. And then colleges and high schools usually have productions that are often quite good. And it can be really inspiring for younger children to see people not much older than themselves acting in these plays.
Debi, thanks so much. Those are great suggestions. I'm Mike Farris.