Sunday Afternoon Doing Shakespeare in the Park with Llamas

8 11 2009

The first annual weavers’ and art fall festival at Millstone Plantation happens here Saturday the 14th, and Young Son’s Summer of Shakespeare group will be reprising their Richard III all day. Today for on-site rehearsal, they had the bright, beautiful, breezy lake setting all to themselves — except for the resident llamas, who seem to just love the Bard and wanted to be right in the thick of the action.

It was glorious.

1 millstone plantation llama rehearsal nov 2009

2 millstone plantation shakespeare llama rehearsal nov 2009

4 millstone plantation shakespeare moss tree nov 2009

3 millstone plantation shakespeare llama rehearsal nov 2009

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9 11 2009
writestuff444

Looks like it was a great day! I’m directing Midsummer’s Dream this summer..still my light and breezy favorite Shakespeare for Youth play! I did my own adaption, left in the great stuff and great lines, I know…woe is anyone who thinks they can adapt and rewrite Shakespeare..but it works for tweens and teens 11-16.

9 11 2009
writestuff444

Hey, Ms. JJ, what was favorite dtr’s friendliest city she visited in Europe..just doing a mini survey…of people who have been to Europe recently and why??

9 11 2009
JJ

Edinburgh! No question. Also her favorite on most other measures — beauty, history everywhere you look, music and costumes, climate, walkability, great museum guides (I don’t know about their favorite food city because they were being frugal and that just wasn’t the focus for them it would have been for me!) And it’s funny, Edinburgh and even going to Scotland, was sort of tacked on, neither girl knowing much about it or particularly caring to go.

9 11 2009
JJ

And that’s DOCTOR JJ, ahem! 😉

9 11 2009
JJ

Young Son did a long forest scene from Midsummer Night’s Dream for his theatre class last year. He played Demetrius and got to sword-fight onstage. The kids had a great time with it and indeed, you are exactly right — they were all 11 to 14.

9 11 2009
JJ

More about Edinburgh since Halloween is just past — we watched a classic horror movie marathon on cable, including The Body Snatchers with Boris Karloff AND Bela Lugosi (based on a Robert Louis Stevenson short story.)

The host started introducing it and FavD got all excited and told us it was based on Scottish true crime snatching bodies for surgeon Dr. Robert Knox, a gruesome twosome from Ireland infamous as Burke and Hare. Edinburgh is famous for surgery and she has visited the Royal Surgeon’s Museum there — also she saw real-life gruesome proof:

Perhaps the most gruesome of them all though is a purse made from the skin of William Burke who, along with his 19th century accomplice William Hare, carried out a series of grave robberies before selling their victims’ bodies to science.

Burke was eventually hanged after Hare turned state evidence and testified against his partner at the High Court in Edinburgh.

The purse, one of several artefacts made from his skin, can now be viewed at the Museum of Scotland. . .

Sure enough, there were scenes of Edinburgh Castle and references to Burke and Hare all through the movie, and she was just beside herself with pleasure at having been there, done that in real life.

10 11 2009
Beta

Shakespeare in the Park — how idyllic. Love the llamas. I actually pulled out my Shakespeare collection, trying to find a witty quote to insert here, but it escapes me.

I’ve been to Scotland half a dozen times, but never to Edinburgh. Well, to Rosyth, where the ferry lands, but never actually into Edinburgh. We usually divide our time between Fort Augustus, a small town at the base of Loch Ness, and Inverness, at the top.

But to add my data to the survey, Paris gets my vote. Incidentally, we’ll be “getting away from it all” and spending part of the Christmas break there. Just in case you want to join us….

10 11 2009
JJ

Sure, you’ve got the room, I’ve got the inclination!

(I have GOT to get me a passport though, so my friends can be taken up on such marvelous offers,whether they really mean them or not!)

Betty, I would agree with adding Paris to the list. Favorite Daughter wouldn’t, I’m afraid. She says the friendliest people they met in Paris were New Zealanders.

The bottom line of her travels is, don’t go to Spain! (they didn’t but everyone they met had just come from either Madrid or Barcelona, and despised it) Also we have one negative vote for Dublin, as unfriendly and hard to get around to have fun. Again, they didn’t go but met a group who just had come from there.

Also, FavD says the omnipresent security cameras and the customs agents in London were Orwellian.

11 11 2009
sam

Not entirely off topic as you’ve now mentioned food and Paris because those made me think of a fave food blog, written by cook and cookbook author David Lebovitz, davidlebovitz.com. He’s an American living in Paris, and while most of his posts are about food he also discusses some of the issues he’s run across dealing with Paris and Parisians.

11 11 2009
Lynn

Now I can’t decide which I want to do first: start cooking something or move to Paris 😕 Thanks for today’s boost of inspiration, Sam.

11 11 2009
JJ

Love the llamas. I actually pulled out my Shakespeare collection, trying to find a witty quote to insert here, but it escapes me.

Beta, Young Son made up the quote today as they rehearsed! It was dark and windy and stormy here, remnants of a hurricane-turned-tropical storm dubbed “Ida” and they were doing last chance rehearsal on this day off from school for Veterans Day. As Richard he was gesturing grandly alone under a tree for Act 4, scene 2:
“HA! Am I King? — ’tis so”
when the llamas all got up (they had been folded up like sphinxes chewing idly) as if on cue and headed straight for him. He improvised in character:

“I AM King. . . and I attract llamas!”

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13 11 2009
Beta

ahhh… that’s great! I’m thinking about reading from my Shakespeare collection when I finish what I’m currently reading. It’s been too long since I really let myself indulge in it.

Since the money tree in the back yard has already shed its foliage, you’ll have to make your own way to Paris! But if you ever do, I’ve got the perfect hotel room. Sleeps six, with room for kids to play and race cars on the floor, smack between the Pantheon and Luxembourg Gardens, and the best price to be found (in Paris, that is). Roomy enough that we’re taking my mother-in-law with us this December, and I’ll still have some privacy.

19 11 2009
JJ

Speaking of Young Son, reading, and foreign cities! —
Book NINE of the Rangers’ Apprentice series, Halt’s Peril, just arrived from Abbey’s Bookshop in Sydney Australia. Of course Young Son was obliged to take a break in his Les Mis marathon (he’s on page 450-500 with Valjean and Cosette in Paris) and read the first 100 pages in a breathless dash before bagpipes last night.

Btw, he wore his tartan kilt Saturday and after the Shakespeare scenes at 11 and 12, played as one of three pipers all afternoon, and led the closing parade of entertainers up from the lake around the weavers and animals and back again, as the Lone Piper. I’m still waiting for FavD to get our digital camera photos into the computer but she’s been busy fighting creationists dissing Darwin on campus (I’ll try to blog that today.) 😀

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