Romeo and Juliet – in Elementary School? Kissing?!

June 18, 2007 at 5:43 pm | Posted in elementary, third grade | Leave a comment

Yup, we had another great program today.  Shakespeare at Play visited our school and performed the abridged Romeo and Juliet, in full costume and full Shakespearean speak.  I was afraid the 500 kids in the assembly would get bored and become unruly, but they were quite captivated!  Goes to show, you can never know.

The fight scenes of course caused quite a ruckus with the kids.  and the kissing!

Hilarious!!  There were second graders up to fifth graders in the auditorium and they pretty much all went “EEEEWWWWW!”

My class held a Circle Time discussion afterward and one student, swear to God, said, “I don’t know if it was appropriate ’cause there were second graders in there and they could go home and tell their parents”  Another student said, “I don’t think it was appropriate at all, but I guess it’s okay because it’s a play.”

Makes me wonder how many times a day I use the word “appropriate”.

There was a huge disagreement as to the reality of the play.  One child called it “realistic fiction” while another said “fantasy”.  One child said the people didn’t really die.  Another child asked if Romeo and Juliet really kissed.  My students were becoming polarized at this point, so we plan to continue the discussion tomorrow.

Sucks that I will have to send these kids off to fourth grade in two weeks, just when I’m starting to see their growth!


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