Saturday, March 19, 2005


Well, I couldn't come up with a title for this blog and the cat just walked across the keyboard, so why not?

Last night K and I were invited by another Grover grad, the fabulous HF, to attend a high school play: Romeo and Juliet. First off, what an undertaking for high-school! Seriously emotional, often traumatic scenes, murder, suicide - I was surprised at their capacity to portray them well. Of course many students spoke too quickly or too quietly or both, but they did a pretty darn good job overall! We had so much fun watching H bounce off the walls and order people around as TD and introduce us to student after student. Her students enjoyed her - they definitely had a rapport. It was so great to see how much Hannah appreciated us showing up, too. All in all, it was well worth the trip out to lovely Rockville.

Now if I want to enjoy a trip to see my brother, I'm gonna have to work just a smidge to make up for it. "Heigh ho! Heigh ho! It's off to work we go . . . "


J. Morgan Caler said...

Wow, a high school production of Romeo and Juliet... I hate amateurs performances of the Bard. It has been my experience that watching kids (mis)perform something so exquisit as Shakespeare is like drinking a dram of poison, that soon-speeding gear as will disperse itself through all the veins that the life-weary taker may fall dead and that the trunk may be discharged of breath as violently as hasty powder fired doth hurry from the fatal cannon's womb. But, who knows? I am glad that you experience was slightly more positive.

E.A.P said...

The key, Señor Caler, is to lower your expectations. Then everything good about it will pleasantly surprise you. For instance, though much of the acting was overwrought, occasionally a line would be well-played and the motion/emotion associated with it would hit home and you'd think - wow! That's what the Bard meant. It was also had some modernized language interwoven nicely with the original script, so the cast knew more of what they were saying and could more convincingly say it than kids usually can with Elizabethan English.

Oh, and nice line-dropping you clever rogue! >;)