While attending the Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, we were provided an opportunity to meet with Southern Utah University’s Theatre Education expert Michael Bahr. This workshop was SO enjoyable and many of my colleagues commented on how these strategies will be used in our classes.
Michael encouraged us to engage students with Shakespeare through theatre. We began by singing…yes, a group sing-along, which sold me. Paul presented us with poster boards of Mya Lixian Gosling’s lyrics for King Lear, sung to the tune of “Santa Claus is coming to town.” I appreciated this introduction to Gosling’s work, as they transform well-known song tunes to address Shakesperean themes found at Good Tickle Brain, I can see this being a big hit with my students!
One of our teaching groups adapted this activity as their lesson by having us mirror movement with a partner while saying phrases related to Desdemona and girlhood. It was a great connection to movement and themes with acting and reacting to set the tone. I really enjoyed the opportunity to see the strategies we learned with Michael in action.
He really provided many Shakespeare and general theatre resources such as improv games for educators to use in their classrooms. I know these will be a big hit with my students!