Tackling Shakespeare

First of all, congratulations! Some director somewhere heard your audition and is entrusting you with a role in a Shakespearean play. You have a long road ahead of you and I hope you have a wonderful director.

As someone who grew up in Tennessee, reading Shakespeare is almost like reading a different language. For encrypting Sheakespeare, here are some tips.

  1. Research, Research, Research.  This is a requirement. I strongly suggest investing in No Fear Shakespeare. If you don’t like No Fear Shakespeare then there are plenty of free online websites to help you.
  2. Put it into your own words. What I like to do when I first get my script is sit down with a dictionary and a computer and read the play from the beginning and look up any word I don’t know or any  phrase that didn’t make any sense to me and would write the definitions in the margins. This way, when I was finished, I could read through it and gbetter understadn the story.
  3. Respect the Language. Yes, Shakespeare is royalty-free, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t respect The Bard’s. He’s been dead for a long time, but there is a reason his work is still revered and his plays are constantly being produced by many Shakespearean Theatre Companies around the world.

Don’t forget, It’s Hard to be the Bard. A reminded to us here by the untouchable Christian Borle.

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