Teaching Will: What Shakespeare And 10 Kids Gave Me That Hollywood Couldn't by Mel RyaneTeaching Will: What Shakespeare And 10 Kids Gave Me That Hollywood Couldn't by Mel Ryane

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

byMel Ryane

Paperback | September 10, 2014

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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 unexpectedcomedy 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 fol...
Title:Teaching Will: What Shakespeare And 10 Kids Gave Me That Hollywood Couldn'tFormat:PaperbackDimensions:234 pages, 8.96 × 6.36 × 0.56 inPublished:September 10, 2014Publisher:FamiliusLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1939629233

ISBN - 13:9781939629234


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A sleeper of a book from a newly published author, that promises to enliven and hold the reader! I read this expecting it to be good, BUT I was transfixed by the story, the humor, the honesty that prevailed throughout. I did not want to put it down! This is a disciplined author, who takes us into the story of working with children to put on a Shakespearean Play at the public school. It's a regular kind of story, but the growing pains of all--children and volunteer teacher, are written with humor and compassion and a deep understanding of the human condition. Somehow the pain of jealous little girls and hyper-active little boys, within the themes of Shakespeare, brings compassion.... and love. A must read!!!
Date published: 2014-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charming,funny,thoughtful-- so special This is a funny, thoughtful book about the power of sharing and learning. Dare to share and you will learn. In this lively account of wrangling rambunctious children into a Shakespeare club, over and over again, Melody captures the thrill, terror, pain and delight of stepping out of your comfort zone. As a neophyte teacher, she candidly describes her own terror confronting the wild energy of children who bring to the classroom an array of personal problems. With big humor and generous heart she captures the courage of children stepping into the world of Shakespeare, which she makes so accessible, acting with their big voices and being more fully themselves. She does all this in crisp, elegant writing that is shaped with intelligence, a deep knowledge and love of Shakespeare, a profound understanding of what it means to ACT and laced always with wry, delicious , self-deprecating humor. I laughed out loud a lot. I came to love the kids and the author for their mutual persistence to be bigger, braver and more generous people, inspired always by the beauty of Willy the Shake. You will want to join the Shakespeare Club
Date published: 2014-11-29

Table of Contents

• Chapter One: The School of Soft Knocks • Chapter Two: My Kingdom for a Flute • Chapter Three: Everyone Has a Price • Chapter Four: Party to the Party • Chapter Five: Winter Breakdown • Chapter Six: Wits' Witless End • Chapter Seven: Cast Away • Chapter Eight: Prop Me Up • Chapter Nine: A Rock and a Very Hard Place • Chapter Ten: Miles to Go Intermission • Chapter Eleven: A Lonely Business • Chapter Twelve: What Shakespeare Meant by Hamlet • Chapter Thirteen: The Actor's Burden • Chapter Fourteen: War Declared • Chapter Fifteen: 442 Years Old • Chapter Sixteen: Hitting the Wall • Chapter Seventeen: What Fool This Mortal Be • Chapter Eighteen: Cryin' Bad • Chapter Nineteen: "I Always Knew I Wanted to Be an Actor-My Whole Life!" • Chapter Twenty: And So . . . Encore

Editorial Reviews

A charming memoir that will amuse and inspire parents, teachers, and Shakespeare fans. Overall, a bravura performance." - Kirkus Reviews "In her lively memoir reaching back to moments in her own acting career, Ryane manages both to be funny and not take herself too seriously, though the respect she instilled in the children is remarkable: respect for her direction, for each other, and for the genius of Shakespeare." - Publishers Weekly "Sings with honesty, adventure, humility, and humor. The book is a joy." - HELEN HUNT, Oscar Winner "What a terrific story, funny and brave! Bravissima!" - LEN CARIOU, Tony Award Winner "Truly magical. I laughed out loud. Then I cried." - CHRISTINE ESTABROOK, Drama Desk Award Winner "Hilarious, tender, and instructive. She deserves our standing ovation." - TOM HAYDEN,Author and Teacher "I found myself moved to tears by one sentence and laughing out loud at the next. I promise you'll have a good time - and you might even be inspired by an urge to try something you've never attempted." - Huffington Post (featured review) "