Taking children, ages 16, 15, and 10, to see Romeo & Juliet. Should I explain it to them first?
On Sunday, I am taking my three nieces to this production of Romeo & Juliet.
My nieces are 16, 15, and 10 years old. They are all smart for their age, but they do not really know Shakespeare - or Romeo & Juliet. I am nearly positive that none of them know the double suicide ending.
The 16 year old studied Hamlet at the end of last year in High School. The 15 year old will be studying Romeo & Juliet in the last marking period of this year. The 10 year old knows nothing.
I know that by seeing the play, Shakespeare is much more accessible. However, would they benefit from some back-ground before the play starts? If so, how much? And what exactly should I explain?
I have studied Shakespeare, and seen his plays performed several times. I am well educated, but I am not a literary scholar. My own knowledge of Romeo & Juliet is imperfect.
I know that just the experience of being in the theatre will make the event enjoyable - but is there anything else I should do to make the play more accessible and enjoyable - given the ages of the kids above.
Any thoughts on enhancing this theatrical experience for this age group are greatly appreciated