I have really enjoyed--over my past ten or so years teaching grades 5 through 7--putting on a Shakespearean play with my class. The kids have shown incredible enthusiasm and it has escalated, over the years, into becoming quite a big production.
The first step, however, has been for me to take time (quite a lot of time!) to rewrite the script in order to tailor it to the elementary--or middle school--classroom. I have kept as much original script as possible while adding in narrators and paraphrasing where necessary to make the play a little more user-friendly, age-appropriate, and audience-friendly!
Please enjoy and feel free to contact me for advice or if you have questions or requests...
I also have adapted scripts for Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and The Taming of the Shrew, if you are interested:
Twelfth Night, for the elementary or middle school classroom
A Midsummer Night's Dream, for the elementary or middle school classroom
Romeo and Juliet, for the elementary or middle school school classroom
Hamlet, for the middle school school classroom
The Taming of the Shrew, for the elementary or middle school school classroom
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You might also enjoy my SHAKESPEAREAN TRIVIA CARDS
if you need a side activity to keep students engaged and entertained during rehearsals!