Hello Duke! Something of a weird question but I'd really appreciate any thoughts you may have on this. I'm at summer camp and we have a talent show coming up soon. I'm thinking of dressing up as an author/poet/fictional character and enacting something. Do you have any suggestions for things that might be interesting to an audience of 16-17 year olds, not all of whom have exposure to typical classic literature? It could be funny/tragic/etc. Thank you so much!
Hi. So, I think with kids this age the best thing you can do is something they’re familiar with, even if they don’t have a lot of exposure to classic lit. Because if you try and give them something totally alien out of context a lot of them are going to be bored and frustrated. I’d look into something along the lines of the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s sketch comedy on Shakespeare–you can buy the script to The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) and learn a few of the skits pretty quickly. Even if the kids haven’t seen R & J they probably know the story, and making it funny never hurt. That’s just one suggestion of course, but you get the idea. You could build your own sketches around any famous work of literature–Pride and Prejudice, Les Mis, Sherlock Holmes, etc. That’s all going to be stuff they recognize, even if they haven’t read it before.