Friday, June 8, 2012

Elizabeth's Blog Project for Taming of the Shrew

I hated this play. The characters were bawdy and the "hero" was rude and inconsiderate. Therefore, since I could not write anything good about the characters, I decided to take the one good aspect of this play... The wonderful insults it contained, and made a wordle out of them.

Elizabeth's Favorite Quote from Taming of the Shrew

"Sirrah be gone, or talk not I advise you."

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Victoria's Taming of the Shrew Project

For my project, I decided to condense this play (slightly) using lines from the play. I chose quotes that give the gist of the plot line in 90 seconds (depending on how quickly your actors read it aloud). 

The Taming of the Shrew in 90 Seconds

Christopher Sly: “Am I a lord…Or do I dream? Or have I dreamed till now?” (Intro.2.66)

Messenger: “Your honor’s players…Are come to play a pleasant comedy…” (Intro.2.126)

Baptista: “Gentlemen…I firmly am resolved…not to bestow my youngest daughter before I have a husband for the elder.” (1.1.48)

Tranio: “That wench is stark mad or wonderful froward.” (1.1.69)

Lucentio: “But in the other’s silence do I see maid’s mild behavior and sobriety.” (1.1.70)

Hortensio:  “…to get a husband for her sister.” (1.1.119)

Tranio: “You will be schoolmaster, and undertake the teaching of the maid.” (1.1.188)

Petruchio: “…I have thrust myself into this maze, haply to wive and thrive…” (1.2.52)

Hortensio: “Her name is Katherina Minola, renowned in Padua for her scolding tongue.” (1.2.96)

Petruchio: “…kiss me Kate, we will be married a’Sunday.” (2.1.315)

Baptista: “…lead these gentlemen to my daughters, and tell them both these are their tutors…” (2.1.107)

Bianca: “…sweet masters both…” (3.1.83)

Kate: “[Petruchio,] who wooed in haste, and means to wed at leisure.” (3.2.11)

Petruchio: “Sit down Kate, and welcome. Food, food, food, food!” (4.1.124)
“’Tis burnt, and so is all the meat.” (4.1.146)
“She eat no meat today, nor none shall eat. Last night she slept not, nor tonight she shall not.” (4.1.181)

Hortensio: “I…do forswear [Bianca]…I will be married to a wealthy widow…” (4.2.29,37)

Kate: “I…am starved for meat, giddy for lack of sleep…” (4.3.9)

Petruchio: “What’s this? A sleeve? ‘Tis like a demi-cannon.” (4.3.88)
“Well, come, my Kate, we will unto your father’s even in these honest mean habiliments.”
 “I say it is the moon…” (4.5.4)
Kate: “I know it is the sun…” (4.5.5)

Petruchio: “Evermore crossed and crossed, nothing but crossed!” (4.5.10)
“I say it is the moon.” (4.5.16)

Kate: “I know it is the moon.” (4.5.17)

Lucentio: “…[I] have by marriage made thy daughter mine…” (5.1.97)

Petruchio: “Let’s each one send unto his wife, and he whose wife is most obedient to come at first when he doth send for her, shall win the wager…” (5.2.66)

Lucentio: “…bid your mistress come to me.” (5.2.76)

Bianca: “Fie, what a foolish duty call you this?” (5.2.125)

Hortensio: “…go and entreat my wife to come to me forthwith.” (5.2.86)

Widow:  “Lord, let me never have a cause to sigh, til I be brought to such a silly pass!” (5.2.123)

Petruchio: “…go to your mistress, say I command her come to me.” (5.2.95)

Kate: “What is your will sir, that you send for me?” (5.2.100)

Petruchio: “Katherine, I charge thee tell these headstrong women what duty they do owe their lords and husbands.” (5.2.129)

Kate: “Such duty as the subject owes the prince, even such a woman oweth to her husband.” (5.2.155)

Hortensio: “Now go thy ways, thou hast tamed a curst shrew.” (5.2.188)


Victoria's Favorite Taming of the Shrew Quotes

Here are a few of my favorite quotations... 

“Come, madam wife, sit by my side and let the world slip, we shall ne’er be younger.” (Christopher Sly, Intro.2.139-140)

“No profit grows, where is no pleasure ta’en.” (Tranio, 1.1.39) 

“’Hic ibat,’ as I told you before, ‘Simois,’ I am Lucentio, ‘hic est’ son unto Vincentio of Pisa, ‘Sigeia tellus,’ disguised thus to get your love, ‘Hic steterat,’ and that Lucentio that comes a-wooing, ‘Priami,’ is my man Tranio, ‘regia,’ bearing my port, ‘celsa senis,’ that we might beguile the old pantaloon.” (Lucentio, “translating” Latin for Bianca, 3.1.31-36) 

“Now by my mother’s son, and that’s myself, it shall be moon, or star, or what I list” (Petruchio, 4.5.6-7)


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Skyeler's Taming of the Shrew quotes

"For 'tis the mind that makes the body rich."

"Kiss me Kate"

Skyeler's Taming of the Shrew project

For this play, I put together modern outfits for the two sisters of the play, Kate and Bianca.



Kate, after her "transformation" by Pertruchio :)


Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Taming of the Shrew

After the horrors of the Macbeth tragedy, we undertook another comedy, The Taming of the Shrew.  I was unfamiliar with this Shakespeare play.  Well, I had once seen on TV a movie loosely based on The Taming of the Shrew, but that was about it.  There were not many movie versions to choose from, so I went with the most popular...the 1967 Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton classic.  I enjoyed it, even if it was a bit dated.  The response to this movie was varied, and not because it was 1967!  What I didn't know was the strong reactions some of the kids would have toward Shakespeare's Kate and Petruchio!  I'm excited to read the play.  I'm also excited to delve into our Shakespeare in a Box at our next meeting, where we will act out a 45 min version of the play with a few props (found in the box).   All we did today was watch the movie as I was down with a bad case of bronchitis and had to go to the doctor.   Stay tuned for the blog projects ...