This thirty-minute edit of Shakespeare's bittersweet comic masterpiece consists of three classic scenes. After an extended introductory narration, the action begins with Feste the Fool consoling a mourning Lady Olivia with wit and wordplay. Viola (disguised as a male Cesario) woos Olivia on behalf of Duke Orsino, but Olivia falls for the messenger Viola/Cesario instead. Specific stage directions and character activities allow even novice actors to breathe life into these scenes.
This lively abridgement includes a group "rap" version of the song "Come Away Death." The final scene in Olivia's kitchen gives young actors an easy and specific way to play late-night revelry with Sir Toby Belch and company, including the ever-censorious Malvolio.
This edition includes a preface by Nick Newlin, containing helpful advice on how to put on a Shakespeare performance in a high school class with novice actors, as well as an appendix with suggestions for the specific play and recommendations for further resources.
Nick Newlin, 2010, Paperback, 64 Pages. ISBN: 978-1-9355-5004-4. 64 pages.