The School of Outrageous Shakespeare is in depth education to enliven our everyday speech. You'll learn to speak with a quality that will have people interested in hearing what you have to say, and perhaps, to want to know more of whom you are. Each class offers a conscious use of your vocal instrument, working with the whole body to create an authentic personal voice. This program was created to rekindle the art of speaking well. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was called “elocution.” To speak well, you need to have dialogue that will stretch your vocabulary, diction, enunciation, grace, and even physical stature. In other words, poise, charm and panache! Another important dynamic is that of being fully alive in your body. We will work with movement, pulling aspects from Comedia del arte as a discipline, integrating hand and arm gestures, skeletal alignment, walking, eye contact, and voice production. We will work a full emotional range from tragedy to comedy. For these exercises, memorization of monologues and scenes will be the major use of the Bard’s text. This vehicle is William Shakespeare’s extraordinary canon of plays, sonnets and poetry.
Here in the United States, we are fortunate that Master Shakespeare was English, and we speak his language, albeit in a less formal, and frankly, less interesting way. I believe we need to counter our electronic shorthand of emailing and texting, which sneaks into the way we speak.
Shakespeare on Main Street of Vermont was originally established as the Poultney Theatre Co. It is a non-profit (401C) organization, originally dedicated to bringing Shakespearean performances to Vermonters.
We now turn our focus to education for teaches and students.
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