Teaching Will: What Shakespeare And 10 Kids Gave Me That Hollywood Couldn't

September 10, 2014|
Teaching Will: What Shakespeare And 10 Kids Gave Me That Hollywood Couldn't by Mel Ryane
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What happens when an idealist volunteers to introduce Shakespeare to a group of unruly kids? Bedlam. Tears. And hard lessons learned. Convinced that children can relate to Shakespeare's themes—power, revenge, love—Mel Ryane launches The Shakespeare Club at a public school. Teaching Will is a riotous cautionary tale of high hopes and goodwill crashing into the realities of classroom chaos.

Every week Mel encounters unexpected comedy and drama as she and the children struggle toward staging a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Woven through this fish-out-of-water tale is Mel's own story of her childhood aspirations, her acting identity, and the heartbreaking end of her onstage career.

In the schoolyard, Mel finds herself embroiled in jealousy and betrayal worthy of Shakespeare's plots. Fits of laughter alternate with wiping noses as she and the kids discover a surprising truth: they need each other if they want to face an audience and triumph. Teaching Will is an uplifting story of empowerment for dreamers and realists alike.

Following a distinguished career as a classically trained actor onstage and in film and television, Mel Ryane has found a new artistic home in the written word with her memoir, Teaching Will: What Shakespeare and 10 Kids Gave Me That Hollywood Couldn't.Mel became a professional actor during her teens in her native Canada, then followed...
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Title:Teaching Will: What Shakespeare And 10 Kids Gave Me That Hollywood Couldn't
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:234 pages, 8.96 X 6.36 X 0.56 in
Shipping dimensions:234 pages, 8.96 X 6.36 X 0.56 in
Published:September 10, 2014
Publisher:Familius
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781939629234

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