All you Rhyming Rutabagas -- head over to Amy's Poem Farm for today's poetry post round-up.
|Spooky Rutabaga Face looks like|
he's ready to spit some poetry.
Do you think he'll show up at this weekend's
Baltimore Book Festival?
Be sure to stop at Heidi Mordhorst's blog, My Juicy Little Universe. Heidi is one of my "tagees" for the Children's Poetry Blog Hop.
What else makes fall a happy time? Knowing that drama season is right around the corner.
My middle schooler is a drama kid, but without all the lights and applause. She prefers melt-into-scenery black clothes and uber-organizing the chaos behind the curtain as stage manager. The first time she got to be on headset with the director? Bliss.
Our middle school won't begin working on the spring musical until December. However, high schoolers around the country are preparing their fall drama productions. (High schools traditionally perform their musicals in spring.)
I just heard from my friend, children's author Naomi Milliner that her HS senior will be taking on Hamlet -- yes, you read that right, HAMLET -- this fall. He and his cast-mates will even get to perform a truncated version of the play at the Folger Shakespeare Library. How cool is that?!
|When we studied Hamlet, junior year of high school,|
we got to see a production at New York City's Public Theater.
Playing the lead was the divine Kevin Kline.
|Available at this website.|
by Robert Herschbach
The drama club is rehearsing
the end of kings--bloodied iambs
on teenagers' lips,
lies and seduction.
Fog effects, pink-toned dry ice,
grunt of the queen
as she urges on
the essential deed: a king dies. Twice.
It comes with the job.
Everything the king says
is addressed to the dagger
and poison, ghosts
he births in his spare time
or the weird sisters Brianna,
Marissa and Caitlin
whose riddles he must complete.
The queen's hunger
makes geometry worth it,
the smell of a lunchroom microwave
or old socks in gym class
bearable for her sake,
but the queen grows mad
and the slave who must pay
has not even one line
for his trouble.
Thanks to Robert Herschbach for sending me a review copy of Loose Weather. This poem, which first appeared in the journal Gargoyle (#59), is posted with his permission. I think it's a good one for prompting some meta-discussion about what it's like for modern high schoolers to study and perform Shakespeare.
Note: Parents of Legomaniacs, you will love Robert's series of Lego Mini-Fig poems in Loose Weather.
My kid has taken on the role of the Scottish King twice, at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's camp.
|Stage fighting at Shakespeare camp.|
More recently, I saw the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's movable Macbeth. It was spine-tingling to sit at picnic tables with Macbeth and the ghost of Banquo during the banquet scene.
For your drama lovers, I recommend these novels, which revolve around the production of a play. The teens here take on starring roles and behind the scenes drama. If you know of any more drama-themed books, please share.
Surviving the Applewhites, by Stephanie S. Tolan (MG)