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Will Read

Posted by lpearle on 23 April 2008

And by “Will”, I mean William Shakespeare, to whom we wished a Happy 422nd Birthday today. By way of celebration a teacher and I organized a reading of Much Ado About Nothing (we’re planning to continue reading Shakespeare once afternoon a week). This reading was open to the students and a number showed up, in addition to several faculty members. Roles were traded back and forth as people came and left — at one point, it seemed that Benedick and Claudio were the same person.

A great time was had by all, and we even had a few real laughs. I think the students feel they had an opportunity to bond with the faculty in a new way, and some of the following phrases have, in a few short hours, become a sign of the “insider”:

  • How now, brown Count? (actual line: “How now, count?”)
  • And be you blither (actual line: “And be you blithe”
  • Whooooo! (whenever the word “woo” was read – we now want t-shirts that read “not a lover…. but a WHOOOer”)

And then there was this priceless response to the question about what Beatrice meant with her speech “He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man: and he that is more than a youth is not for me, and he that is less than a man, I am not for him” — find a guy with a goatee.

How can you not love kids that come up with things like this? And how can you not want to Read Will?

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One Response to “Will Read”

  1. Aravis said

    I love that response! Wish I could take part in that; it sounds like fun. :0)

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