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01 October 2007 @ 10:14 pm
I wonder whether the fiery-footed steeds have tap shoes.  
A phone conversation I had today:

My best friend: So when's your first day of teaching?
Me: (heavy sigh) Friday.
MBF: So you've got a whole week to stew over it, huh?

...Yeah, that sums it up. I fell asleep earlier today while doing some reading and had this almost-nightmare about having signed up to be in a production of R&J without knowing that it had been made into a musical with dance numbers, and the show was in two days. Plus I had been cast as Juliet.

Romeo and Juliet is, of course, the first play we're teaching.

*sigh*
 
 
Current Mood: nervousnervous
Current Music: "The Bonny Black Hare," Fairport Convention
 
 
 
Constant Reader: doctor who - GLOBE!skirmish_of_wit on October 2nd, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
a production of R&J without knowing that it had been made into a musical with dance numbers

So... West Side Story? :)

I don't plan to teach R&J in a college classroom until I'm good and tired of everything else. Most people read it in high school and I'd so much rather do something else. What else is on your syllabus?

Also, fact: I adore Ben Affleck as Alleyn. But not in any other role, ever.
tempestsarekind: all the world's a stagetempestsarekind on October 2nd, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)
Basically, yes. :) Actually, in the dream, I tried to talk the director out of the musical numbers on the grounds that this had totally been done already in West Side Story, and therefore was clearly not as innovative as he seemed to think it was.

Well, we're doing 22 plays, so it's probably easier to say what we're not doing, at this point. There are some really surprising choices for an intro class--we're doing Coriolanus and Troilus and Cressida, but not The Merchant of Venice or Julius Caesar. I love R&J, but I don't love teaching it.

Also, I feel the same way about Ben Affleck! In college, my friends and I read a review of Shakespeare in Love that deescribed him as "surprisingly good," and from that day on, anything that was better than expected became the Ben Affleck of whatever it was. "How's the dining hall soup?" "It's the Ben Affleck of clam chowders."
Constant Reader: doctor who - GLOBE!skirmish_of_wit on October 2nd, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
22!!! My God! Tell me this is a year-long course?

We're on the quarter system (O benighted us) so when I taught Intro to Shakespeare, I taught 5 plays -- and the director wanted me to cut it down to 4. Ridiculous.
tempestsarekind: globetempestsarekind on October 2nd, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
Nope--sadly, just one semester. We're doing two plays a week. But we're only supposed to concentrate on one or two scenes in section, so the assumption seems to be that the students just aren't going to do the reading until forced to by the tests. Or maybe it is really about teaching them the skills of close reading, I don't know.

At least five plays gives you time to focus?