Shakespeare Podcast

Shakespeare Podcast

“…But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
      All losses are restored, and sorrows end.”

    – Sonnet 30, by William Shakespeare

Dear friends,

We hope this email finds you well during this time of “social distancing.”

The Monroe County Civic Theater (MCCT) would like to announce it’s Shakespeare Podcast; an opportunity for our community members (and fellow enthusiasts of The Bard) to stay active in theater (while at home) and celebrate the works of William Shakespeare.

We’d like YOU to create a vocal recording of one of Shakespeare’s sonnets, or of a monologue from one of his plays, to share on our podcast (at WWW.MCCT.ORG) and social media.  

We are accepting audio recordings only.  If you need help selecting a sonnet or monologue to read and record, let us know, and we can provide recommendations.

At the beginning of the recording, please introduce your reading with a “lead-in” before you recite the text… 
Here is an example of a lead-in for a sonnet:  “Sonnet 18, by William Shakespeare…”
Here is an example of a lead-in for a monologue:  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, Act 3 Scene 1, Titania…”
We will be sure to attribute the reading to you in the description.

When you’re happy with your recording, just send the audio file to this email:  monroecountycivictheatre@gmail.com

Please let us know which sonnet or speech you chose, as soon as you can, so that we can add it to our list so nobody else chooses the same one!

This list of Shakespeare’s sonnets and speeches that have already been chosen by other people will be updated periodically:

  • Sonnet 18
  • Sonnet 29
  • Sonnet 37
  • Sonnet 98
  • The Tempest – Iris’ Monologue
  • Macbeth – Act 3, Scene 5 – Hecate “Have I not reason”
  • Macbeth – Act 5, Scene – Macbeth “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow”
  • Hamlet – Act 3, Scene 2 – Hamlet “Speak the speech”
  • Hamlet – Act 4, Scene 7 – Gertrude “There is a willow”
  • Antony and Cleopatra – Act 4, Scene 15 – Cleopatra “No more but e’en a woman”
  • Edwin Arlington Robinson – Richard Cory
  • William Earnest Henley – Invictus
  • The Merchant of Venice – Act 3, Scene 1 – Shylock “To bait fish withal”
  • All’s Well that End’s Well – Act 1, Scene 2 – King “I would I had”
  • All’s Well that End’s Well – Act 2, Scene 3 – King “T’is only title”
  • Othello – Act 5, Scene 2 – Othello “A word or two before you go”
  • Romeo and Juliet – Act 2 Scene 2 – Romeo “But, soft!”
  • Henry V – Act 4 Scene 6 – Exeter “In which array, brave soldier, doth he lie”
  • Julius Caesar – Act 4 Scene 3 – Brutus “You have done that you should”

We’d like to give you a few more directions before you start recording…

Remember to take your time while you’re speaking/recording, speak clearly, and enunciate.  Convey the meaning of the text by emoting.  Express the words with feeling.  Also, try your best to follow the meter of the text.  Shakespeare’s sonnets are in Iambic Pentameter.  Monologues can vary between types of verse and prose.

Practice before recording.  You’ll get the hang of it!  If you need help, please let us know.  If we notice anything that we think you can improve, we’ll let you know.  

A few more things

It’s NOT necessary to go out and buy a new microphone for this.  Most cell phones, Ipads/tablets, laptops, and computers have sufficient audio recording capabilities, and, if necessary, our own audio software can help to improve the sound quality of your recording.

You should still try your best to minimize background noise by recording in a quiet space.  A few tips for creating better sound quality in vocal recordings are recording in a small to medium-sized room with some furniture like a bed, couches, curtains, rugs, clothing or blankets around to absorb any echo. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your recording space or microphone, or anything else, please let us know, and we’ll be happy to assist you: monroecountycivictheatre@gmail.com

Have fun!

Thank you for being a part of MCCT!

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