I am having a recurring thought concerning Hamlet's "madness". A major theme or even red herring is whether or not he is really mad or only mad acting. I don't know about anyone else, but this keeps screaming adolescent to me. Not superficially, but rather the fragmenting of his mind. I am also wrestling whether or not Hamlet's experience is solely gender specific. Or bi-polar? I'm counting at least 5 distinct voice/personalities??? I have to go count soliloquies. He doesn't have soliloquies in Act V....I think there are seven total...excuse me for a minute...
Today I worked with the high flyers in the second grade. These are students who could so easily get in trouble because they already read waaaay above grade level. They can't be contained. Well they were a barrel full of freaking fun....or shrieking fun. Needless to say, fun was had by all. It was a little bit different experience for me. I always say that the title of my book will beCreativity or Chaos , but never before have I gone over the edge into chaos...awfully close today. such quick minds, expression dancing on the edge of silliness, then exploding in ideas and insights. They don't evenly perceive themselves in the world -- they, singularly, are first. However, the method of Creative Dramatics has an entire portion of critique in which both the what worked and what didn't work is discussed and imagined (in process, going forward) differently. This work will be helpful in their development because they must increase listening power to respond in improvisation. All additional Playmaking can only build on what the group has created previously. The method being highly physical and full of action is perfect for this group. They must experience "sit still" A LOT. They would just explode into everything.
So much fun.
We finish auditions tomorrow morning. In the late afternoon everyone gets a second chance at auditioning. Casting will take place after Saturday's improvisation/creative drama workshop using stories from Shakespeare and then centering on Hamlet.
This second audition will tell me just how much they have gotten from the first audition experience. I should see so much more poise and a deeper level of honesty in drama. Then improvisation will show an entirely different side of the young actors: fun, listening, listening to others, quick thinking, fearlessness, collaboration.
Can't wait....I'll be back to tell you all about it!..