For the first time ever in the (short) history of the Random Acts, students are incorporating music and rap into their sonnet performances. I'm pretty happy about that. None of my students in the past have been brave enough to try!
Here's a rap version of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 by Levi S and Joe B. They made this recording to guide their group's performance, which will probably happen soon during the Middle School lunch period.
Kori P also made a voice recording, in which she sings the words of the same sonnet to the music from the "Cup Song," as it's now known. She recorded it in two parts, so you can listen to it here:
and here: .
You can read about the song's interesting history and hear several versions of it here and here. (I'm hoping they'll do the percussion thing with the cups as part of their performance…hint, hint.)
We're starting to take the Sonnets on "tour" through Middle School classrooms, as practice for our lunch-time cafeteria performances, which should start this Friday and continue through next week. Here's a 1A example from the other day, filmed in Mr K-J's room.
As we practice for these performances, things get noisy, chaotic, and messy (we sometimes sneak into the Cafeteria to practice, and I always wonder if Chef Korach and his crew think we're crazy). At times, it may look like nothing significant is happening, but that's the nature of the creative process, which is neither linear nor orderly. Yes, I have to push and prod, and sometimes yell, and occasionally threaten homework, tests, etc, to make it all happen, but somehow it all turns out okay…usually…I hope…
As Phillip Henslowe (played by Geoffrey Rush) explains in Shakespeare in Love (1998), "It's a mystery!"