My favorite performance of Shakespeare was when EVERY student in my daughter’s 5th grade had a role in Macbeth at Old Greenwich School in Connecticut. My daughter Kat was one of three sharing the role of Lady Macbeth.
Think of it: murder, sword fights, ghosts, more murder, kings and queens, witches, daggers, moving forests, blood & guts, swords & armor. What an amazing and fun way to introduce kids to Shakespeare!
As Kat was learning her lines, we filmed her kindergartener sister Mary Ann’s wonderful rendition of Lady Macbeth’s “out, out, damned spot” scene…complete with costume & castle.
That same year Greenwich High School did the Scottish play in a very intimate “in the round” setting where the McDuff role was female. Kat fell asleep, but six year old Mary Ann was WIDE awake and actually saw the dagger in mid-air. Isn’t imagination wonderful!
That was fourteen years ago. We still enjoy the bard! Mary Ann and her husband took me to a wonderful Blackfriars performance for my birthday.
“What’s past is prologue.”
– Susan Haggerty