Monday, October 1, 2012

Cedar Ridge Academy Therapeutic Boarding School Student Reviews Mary Stuart

Between August 2nd and August 9th, some
Cedar Ridge Academy students attended a trip to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah.  These students had completed the class academics necessary to attend this trip.  For about the last decade, the certified English teachers have been teaching a rigorous curriculum to help students to understand William Shakespeare's words that also aims to help students with credit recovery, academic recovery, and prepare for college.  The class culminates in a great experience for these troubled teens: the trip.  To help with their academic development, one of their assignments is to write a reflection about the class or the trip to post on the blog.  This post was written by Jake.

As the 2012 Shakespeare group we went and saw Mary Stuart, Titus Andronicus, Merry Wives of Windsor, Scapin, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Les Miserables  Mary Stuart was a historical play during Shakespeare's times.   During that time, Queen Elizabeth put Mary Stuart in exile and later beheaded her.  If Shakespeare would have written this play, he would have also been beheaded.  The person who wrote Mary Stuart was Schiller.  Schiller did it because he wouldn't have been killed for it because he was in Germany not England.  We saw this play at the Shakespeare festival on our first night there.  In my eyes the play was boring, besides Mortimer.  Mortimer was a crazy man who was in love with Mary Stuart and he ended up killing himself.  I thought that this was the only exciting part.

I also thought that the way Mary Stuart was beheaded was pretty lame.  Elizabeth gave a messenger her execution sentence and indirectly told him to hold onto it and not deliver it.  The messenger then walked by a man who took the order and turned it in.  Therefore, Mary was executed.  Queen Elizabeth, then, was upset over the accident of Mary's death. 

I thought this play was awful mainly because of the little action. I was disappointed at how they staged Mortimer's suicide.  When he stabbed himself, he was supposed to slit his throat.  It is because of these reasons that I do not recommend Mary Stuart to anyone, unless you are a "history geek."

Cedar Ridge Academy Therapeutic Boarding School Shakespeare Trip 2012
While making lunch, Jake makes a silly pose

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