04 August, 2015

Working on Recitation for an end-of-term program for parents


I wanted to share a few photos and brief descriptions of one of my classes in 
Poetry Recitation for an end of year program 




Rehearsal 




Performance day




For this performance, from a later term, the class chose "The Retired Cat" by
William Cowper




We staged a bit of a skit for the recitation of this one. 




Take time to memorize some poetry!
 It will stay with you - very likely sink down deep into your soul - for a very long time.


Javamom

02 August, 2015

An Iliad - Retelling of the Trojan War


So proud all over again tonight. Our daughter's husband was just selected Omaha's best actor for his role in AN ILIAD!!! Way to go Daniel!

We saw it last Thanksgiving, and it was both wonderful and overwhelming. He played the role perfectly. It is a dark and heavy, given the subject. It is a two-person play...a world-weary poet and his upright-bass-playing muse. Fifty-three pages of lines!

It is well worth seeing, if you ever get the chance - especially if Daniel acts! Emotic√≥n smile



This is not Daniel's career (anymore). He is a techie by day. This is his third time to win this award, though, and I think that makes his award even more special, because he is not involved in theater as much as he used to be.

Those of you who know me or have followed this blog at all know how important Hubs and I think a Liberal Arts education and lifelong learning are. I am glad our grown children are still getting to be involved with the Arts. Makes this momma proud.

Play Review: An acting tour de force in retelling of Trojan War

An Iliad



Until next time,

Javamom

01 August, 2015

Putting on Shakespeare Plays ~ CM Education

These photos are a couple of years or more old, but...
I want to affirm that both younger and older students can handle reading and performing Shakespeare. They just need to be given the permission of plenty of time to read it (in a class setting is more fun!) and narrate it over a term or two! Here are just a few examples from rehearsals for various Shakespeare plays in our CM co-op! I wanted to put these in one post, for easier reference.

Our Narrators ~ "All the world's a stage!"



Orlando (my son) and Oliver



Celia and Rosalind aka Ganymede





Orlando and Oliver in "As You Like It"





Orlando (my son :-) and his love letter from Rosalind




~ HAMLET ~


Hamlet and Laertes


Very intense moment between Hamlet and Laertes (and excellent acting by our cast)



The younger students are rehearsing for "The Tempest"


and they are doing a knock-out job


Do not be afraid to give Shakespeare a try with a few friends! Our group (the youngers) even performed for us in the backyard of one of our family's homes for an end-of-year picnic.

Take time to try some Shakespeare!

Javamom

One of my favorite quotes ~


 I have been retired* from (official) homeschooling for over two years, but I am sharing one of my
favorite quotes because THIS is one of the main points of lifelong learning. I always keep it posted here at the cottage.

Take time to hear or see something beautiful

Javamom




* though I still tutor and have been implored to continue teaching Spanish just a bit longer