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Hi everyone, Just wanted to say welcome to all that have joined this discussion. Today marked the entry of our 200th Arts Forum member. Over the past couple of months, a few topics for discussion have been suggested. I would love to know what is on your mind as an arts educator, or someone interested promoting the arts. What conversations would you like to see? Stephen Hurley

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Erika Saunders
6th-8th Special Ed, LS & Mentally Gifted teacher

Well, I'm thrilled to say that I am writing the play/musical this year for my school! I actually love to write and wrote my first short play a couple of years ago - a spin on A Christmas Carol. It was so much fun! the kids really loved doing it and kept asking me if we could do another one. There hadn't been a play at my school before, so I said "yes!" I've been doing them every since.

This year, I decided to write it with the help of the kids. We're doing Romeo & Juliet but with a twist. We're updating it to present day and making it relevant to my students' lives. We're also adding music - popular songs that will help tell the story.

The kids are really having fun with it! They decided that they wanted to keep the tragedy - of course! their middle schoolers! - and have people die. And keep Romeo and Juliet young. I think it's going to be an amazing play and can't wait to get the kids up and rehearsing. I've gotten a roughed out plan of the scenes and am beginning to flesh them out. It's really going to be an adventure!

What fun!

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Stephen Hurley
Grade Eight Teacher, Group Moderator, Facilitator/teacher arts@newman
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Hi Erika,

I love this idea;I would be very interested to know what the soundtrack for the play looks like. What songs did the students decide to use. This is really challenges kids to develop a sense of depth around their understanding of the play. Plus, as you say, it's great fun!!!

stephen

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Erika Saunders
6th-8th Special Ed, LS & Mentally Gifted teacher

[quote]Hi Erika,

I love this idea;I would be very interested to know what the soundtrack for the play looks like. What songs did the students decide to use. This is really challenges kids to develop a sense of depth around their understanding of the play. Plus, as you say, it's great fun!!!

stephen[/quote]

It's been great picking out songs! I'm having a blast! So far, here are some of the choices:

"Love Story" - Taylor Swift: A way to "introduce" the play
"Schools Out For Summer" - Alice Cooper: The two enemy groups are rival high schools with Romeo & Juliet being either graders going into high school. The setting is the summer before 9th grade.
"I Got A Feeling" - Black Eyed Peas: When Benvolio convinces Romeo to go to "Capulet High's" party
"Bad" - Michael Jackson: for one of the flight scenes
"Ain't No Other Man" - Christina Aguliera: Juliet telling her friends about meeting Romeo
"My Love" - Justin Timberlake - Romeo telling his friends about meeting Juliet
"Everything I Do, I Do For You" - Bryan Adams - Romeo sneaking to see Juliet
"Bohemian Rhapsody" - Queen - When Benvolio gets killed
"Endless Love" - Lionel Richie & Diana Ross - Romeo & Juliet decide to be together and try to end the feud
"Senzenia" - African chant (means: What Have We Done) - after Romeo & Juliet die
"Imagine" - Beatles: I want to tie in the problems of today (poverty, racism, hunger, etc,) with what happens in the play. Then have a positive message at the end of what can be possible if we just "imagine"

That's it so far but I'm still working on other songs! It's been great so far!

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