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"Allows teachers to introduce the language more easily to wary students...The series is a valuable resource...Foster successfully retains each plays integrity and beauty." -- Today's Librarian

"Reading-or performing Shakespeare doesn't need to take 'forever and a day.' Not if you raise the curtain on The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare...Cass Foster has done a superb job of cutting the text while retaining the sense of the story and the poetic rhythm of the words." --Education World

Want to ease kids into reading full-length Shakespeare? The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series offers fast-paced condensations of six Shakespeare classics. Rather than retell, the series preserves the original play format and the Bard's language, while providing excellent footnotes to archaic words. It's a smart stepping stone to the real thing. --NEA Today

As our Education Outreach department at Colorado Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to enlightening teachers and students (and the community at large) about Shakespeare's works-using a "hands-on" philosophy-I have found the Five Star Shakespeare collection an incredible resource. --Melinda J. Scott, Education Director, Colorado Shakespeare Festival

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Author and Professor Emeritus of Theatre Cass Foster's teaching experience includes Ohio State University, Otterbein College, Central Arizona College and Mesa Community College. He directed productions or choreographed fights at Oceanside Productions, Players Theatre Columbus, University of Illinois: Champaign-Urbana, Phoenix Theatre, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, Grand Canyon Shakespeare Festival, Case Western Reserve University, Arizona Jewish Theatre and Lyric Opera.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 8 - 9
  • Series: Sixty-Minute Shakespeare
  • Paperback: 65 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star Publications, Inc.; 1 edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877749389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877749384
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dear Five Star:
I was a frustrated director until I met "The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare." Here was everything I needed: the plot of Romeo and Juliet cut down to a manageable size, production suggestions, blocking notes, set of sound requirements, property lists, detailed stage directions and even the definitions of some of Shakespeare's more obscure words and phrases. I never would have attempted directing a group of homeschoolers, ages 7-14, a Shakespearean production without this marvelous book. And I would have deprived them of an extremely rewarding experience: they worked very hard and the production was highly praised by the community. Not only that, but I am certain that most harbor a distinct affection for the works of Mr. Shakespeare. What more could a homeschool mother and Shakespearian enthusiast desire? Thank you Five Star Publications for providing my children with a never-to-be-forgotten educational memory that was a whole lot of fun!
Sincerely, Susan Zelie Homeschool Educator
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Dear Five Star:
I was a frustrated director until I met "The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare." Here was everything I needed: the plot of Romeo and Juliet cut down to a manageable size, production suggestions, blocking notes, set of sound requirements, property lists, detailed stage directions and even the definitions of some of Shakespeare's more obscure words and phrases. I never would have attempted directing a group of homeschoolers, ages 7-14, a Shakespearean production without this marvelous book. And I would have deprived them of an extremely rewarding experience: they worked very hard and the production was highly praised by the community. Not only that, but I am certain that most harbor a distinct affection for the works of Mr. Shakespeare. What more could a homeschool mother and Shakespearian enthusiast desire? Thank you Five Star Publications for providing my children with a never-to-be-forgotten educational memory that was a whole lot of fun!
Sincerely, Susan Zelie Homeschool Educator
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I was really excited to learn about a this new book series. It consists of several Shakespeare titles, condensed into shorter versions that can indeed be read in about thirty minutes. Also included is some background info that make the plays more accessible to kids of this generation, notes on what various words mean, themes to look for, etc.

I was happy to see that the original language is preserved (I had fears of reading, Romeo, yo Romeo -- where are you?) -- it's just shortened. I really enjoyed my hour spent renewing my acquaintance with Romeo and Juliet, and I think this series would be great for homeschoolers, teens/tweens who'd like a less-intimidating introduction to Shakespeare, or for productions of these plays that don't go on and on forever.

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Sixty Minute Shakespeare is a wonderfully condensed, yet true-to-form adaptation that even the Bard himself would be proud to recommend. If your child is struggling to understand the full-length version of a Shakespearean play, this could be just the thing to whet his appetite. It's a fabulous tool for teachers in the classroom because it contains lists of props, scenery, and characters that allow the students to act out the play together. I especially appreciate the fact that, although the play is condensed, it is NOT contemporarized. So for teachers or home educators who are short on time but want to maintain the beauty of Shakespeare's original language and poetry, Sixty Minute Shakespeare is your answer. It's a great stepping stone to helping students make sense of the original works.

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Reviewed By: Kelly Crespin, Eclectic Homeschool Online

Romeo and Juliet is part of the Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series published by Five Star Publications. This series offers a way for many teenagers and adults to read and/or study Shakespeare without having to spend the time required to read an entire play. The author has taken the full works of Shakespeare and edited them into readable and enjoyable condensed versions of the original work. This would be a wonderful choice for introducing Shakespeare.

The paperback book is only 73 pages in length, yet contains all acts of the play through Act V, Scene 3. To make things easier, at the bottom of each page are small footnotes defining words the reader might not know. For example, one page gives these definitions:
Fair and honest = proper
Mark = Target
Tuckle-bed = bed on casters
A quote from the back jacket sums up the true spirit of the book: "While the language is condensed, the integrity of Shakespeare's writings is kept intact so students of the Bard can experience the thrill of the story as well as the beauty of the verse and prose."
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