“Why William?” a Shakespeare lecture demo!

We spent some time with the students of Pamantasan ng Muntinlupa last March 31 to present “Why William?”, a little lecture and demonstration on why we study Shakespeare. We presented scenes and speeches from a couple of our favorite shows and presented some of the kids from our Tuloy Theater class doing a scene from a Filipino translation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”! We’re so proud of them…we gave them the scene on a Tuesday and by Thursday they had it (mostly) committed to memory and are now itching to do the full-length show!

Props to our audience for a lively Q and A session afterwards…it was briefly interrupted by a power failure but questions continued in the dark and well after the power came back on! They were also so game to read a sonnet with us and to play our “Shakespeare or not Shakespeare” mini game.

If you want “Why William” or one of our full-length Shakespeare productions to visit your school, let us know!

 

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Viola woos Olivia on Malvolio’s behalf

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Helena concluding that love looks not with the eye but with the mind

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The Rude Mechanicals playing the very characters that gave our company its name

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Bottom turns into a Donkey

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It’s love at first sight for Titania

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Titania’s fairy minions meet their mistress’ new love

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“What, jealous Oberon?” it’s never a good idea to get Fairy Royalty mad

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Fairy folk comparing bosses

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The Rude Mechanicals scene from the audience’s perspective

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Former BFFs Helena and Hermia get into a cat fight

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Helena and Hermia, Pinoy edition

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Well done, Tuloy kids!

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Malvolio being all officious

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Rude Mechs actor Chino Veguillas makes an emphatic point during the Q and A session

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Shakespeare or not Shakespeare? Actors and Audience alike try to identify whether each given word or quote was penned by Shakespeare or not. It was trickier than they thought!