As you probably know, April 23 is Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, and the Folger Education staff wants to get everyone involved in the celebration. So we are hosting a Balcony Scene Flash Mob Festival. It’s simple. It’s fun. And it will get a lot of people speaking Shakespeare.
We hope to get groups from all across the country to take part.
So please join us!
All you have to do is use this Edited Balcony Scene, divide your group into Romeos and Juliets, and read the scene chorally. As shown in the photo to the right (performed at the University of Northern Colorado in February), the definition of a balcony is very loose. It can be a stage in the school auditorium, the top row of the bleachers, the roof of a building, chairs in the cafeteria, or what you will. The photo below was taken at the Folger Library’s Flash Mob during the April 6 birthday bash and open house.
We will be posting all the submitted videos on our own YouTube page. While this is not strictly a competition, we will acknowledge and award entries in a variety of categories such as most creative or unusual setting, best costumes, most passionate or whatever else we think of at the time.
Just be creative and have fun!
Here are the rules:
- You need to use the Official Edited Script of the Balcony Scene from Romeo and Juliet that we’ve posted here. It takes about 3 1/2 minutes to perform.
- The scene needs to be performed chorally–all the Romeos must speak together and all the Juliets must reply together.
- Have the Juliets elevated somewhere and the Romeos standing below them.
- Record the scene on video and upload it to YouTube.
- Send the YouTube link by April 30 to EducationGroup@folger.edu.
In an earlier post we wrote about the Balcony Scene Flash Mob in Boston that broke the record previously held by the University of Northern Colorado.
We’re hoping some group will break the record of 160 “actors” this month, so consider this a challenge.
But even if your “mob” consists of 20 fifth-grade students or a group of senior citizens at the local assisted living center or a class of theater kids at the local mall, we want to see it. And if you can get any local media to cover your mob event, let us know that too.
Any questions? If so, contact me at Mlomonico@Folger.edu
And be sure to check out our Romeo and Juliet board on Pinterest for a collection of beautiful images and famous quotations from the play.