Richard III

May 31, 2009 at 10:27 pm (Concord, Rants, School, Theater, UR)

Last night, I went to the high school’s rendition of Shakespeare’s Richard III, my sister’s last play in high school!  So sad!  The play was held outside, in much the same manner as Shakespeare on the Common, in that you brought your own chairs, and snacks and whatnot, along with plenty of bundling to stay warm!  The play started at 7:30 and lasted until a little after 10:30.  And this was the short version.

Overall, the play was quite well done.  The director (who is also leaving this year) chose to set it in medieval Japan, with accompanying taiko drums – which were amazing!  I definitely think the taiko drums were my favorite part of the show – and they really enhanced the experience.  I loved the way they worked with the battle scenes, as well as the choreography of the battles.  If I were ever to be in some sort of directoral capacity, it would certainly be something to file away for future use.  I would attempt to describe it here, but it would totally pale in comparison.

The actors, overall, did great!  It’s astonishing to think of the number of lines the lead had to memorize – and he did really well (we barely noticed the skips that S told us about later 😛 )!  They also had a 6(?) year old kid reciting Shakespeare!

Watching the shows at my high school is always kind of bittersweet for me.  I love the shows, and they are always so well done!  And then I start comparing it to my college.  And I am saddened.  My high school is half the size of my college – actually, not even half!  And yet we do half the shows they do – and not necessarily at the same level!  I mean, I don’t want to knock UR’s program, as it is wonderful, but I can’t help comparing.  I know I’m being a bit harsh, but I feel like there’s a disconnect here.  I feel like the theater dept should maybe do some more outreach and get more people involved in the shows, showing that you don’t have to be a theater major – or even minor – to participate.  And something else.  I don’t know.  I’m just kind of ranting right now.  But it seems a shame that even with the awesome people that we do have at UR, we aren’t using them to their full potential.  And I know that college has a lot of requirements that high school doesn’t, such as the level of academics, but I feel like something is missing.  And it’s such a shame.

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