I love working with kids. They can be difficult, but they approach things with such originality and honesty in a way that adults do not. I can already tell this is an amazing opportunity for us to experience Shakespeare with them. Our first meeting went as I expected. It took a few minutes for the students to warm up to us, but I feel like once we get them interested in specific aspects of the play, we’ll be able to engage with them more.
Moving forward, I am definitely excited to see how they want to create the play. While I feel like I have a general vision for Act V, I am more interested in how the students want to portray the characters and events. I want to see if they found the same issues with Much Ado that we did, and I hope they want to make some of the same changes we envision.