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Galloping Shakespeare

Photo Credit: Melanie Buskirk
Photo Credit: Melanie Buskirk

Stratford Theatre Festival Workshop
Melanie Buskirk
Staff Writer

On Oct. 27, the auditorium in the Fine Arts building filled with laughter and jumbled stanzas as the Stratford Theatre Festival Workshop was conducted. Edward Daranyi, a Stratford Theatre Festival director and residential teacher’s aide, visited SC4 to direct a workshop for aspiring actors and actresses.
The workshop consisted of several activities centered around reciting lines from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, focusing primarily on memorization techniques and the proper annunciation of iambic pentameter, the pattern that most Shakespearian plays are spoken in.
Activities included a technique called “galloping,” in which students literally galloped across the stage while reading a section of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which helped students read their passage to the beat of iambic pentameter. The other fun, if not amusing games involved throwing tennis balls, chasing your partner across the stage, and balancing on fitness balls while practicing phrases from the play.
Despite the low turnout of only seven students, Daranyi says that the workshop will return next year with hopes for a larger group.
“As a director, I’d rather take strong and wrong than beige,” says Daranyi, as encouragement to students who have dreams of being on stage.
Be sure to keep an eye out next year for the next workshop.