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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.