Let the debate begin! An educator puts forth the idea that Shakespeare would appeal more to kids if it were presented “like a modern film trailer”, focusing on the most exciting bits and skipping out on the boring part…such as the opening.
I’m not quite sure what she’s suggesting with the comparison. After all, a film trailer is not a final product. It’s supposed to convince you to go see the full movie, no? So if she’s suggesting that you introduce Shakespeare to kids with the trailer approach so that they can see the interesting bits, and then they go back and read/see the whole thing? I don’t have a problem with that.
I’ve never been a bardolater who wants to claim that every word is an essential part of a masterpiece. There are plays I like and plays I don’t love. There are scenes I find less interesting than others. I’m not against editing. I’m not against adapting. But if this lady is suggesting that you reduce Shakespeare down to the “interesting” parts and then never come back around to the whole thing? I think she’s nuts.
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