Older students will appreciate the intrigue and history found in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Performing these cuttings by Joan Thorpe will cause the students to become actively involved in the production and they develop an ownership for their parts.
There are scenes for 35 students working in groups of 2-4 performers and because there are only about 30 lines of dialogue for each performer, they are accessible for youngsters of all levels. An index showing which scenes are used and the number of performers needed for each is included
Memorizing and performing are skills that most students lack. While they may be apprehensive at first, once rehersals begin, they become quite enthusiastic. Whether the final performance is done in the classroom for other students or in an auditoreum, the attending acclaim of their parents, peers, and the publicity greatly enhances the feeling of accomplishment.The teacher does not need a background in drama because Production Notes are included which spells out everything from costumes to grades.
Because their understanding of the play is so much more comprehensive, their writing about it will be better.Sugested writing topics are included.