Here, thanks to YouTube, I give you selections from our play. Well over half of these kids have never been in a play before, including some of my leads, so I'm rather proud of what they've done. So, if you've got some time to kill, why not watch 9th graders perform Shakespeare? :)
The opening scene. That's Don Pedro with the flag at the end.
The Masquerade. Beatrice and Benedick to start, then a jig (Yay Susan Dibble!), then a few scenes that follow (including an example of my kids' newly-developed improvising-Shakespeare skills):
Benedick eavesdrops (includes the song "Sigh No More". The girl who sings it wrote the melody for it after researching music from the time period. She's the only 8th grader in the class. She also performed the show on Thursday with a badly injured foot, without telling me. She's a little trooper, she is!)
The Watch catch Borachio in the act (I particularly like their fight scene).
Hero is accused at her wedding.
Hero's Funeral (in case you missed it on the Institute Blog)