Rehearsal in the classroom
I've been doing a lot of our new activities in class, but not mentioning the word "Shakespeare." I'm going to start with some simple Shakespeare text stuff next week (the third of six weeks in the grading period), and I hope to end the six weeks with the presentation of short scenes, like our Macbeth scenes.
If all goes well, I'd like to spend next six weeks (it's only a twelve-week class) rehearsing a cut version of a play with changing roles, just like we did for Julius Caesar. The problem is, I don't know how to do that in the regular classroom by myself. How do I work with two actors on their scene when there are thirty-two other kids in the room? They aren't going to stay quiet and let us work, and I can't just send everyone else into the hall. I could divide the class into two or three groups like we did for JC, but that brings back the same problem. I can't have the bulk of the class running wild in the hallways, and I can't expect them to sit quietly and watch while others are working on a scene. So is this even possible? How does one do a class play with 34 non-actors?