A Random Encounter in Griffith Park Leads to New Friends and These Family Resources for You. Happy Holidays!

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As you’d expect, I see a lot of Shakespeare in Los Angeles, especially in the summertime when you can find a myriad of productions being performed outdoors under the stars. This past summer, two of our friends cancelled at the last minute so we found ourselves with a couple of open chairs for Independent Shakespeare Co.’s production of Twelfth Night. The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival is a tremendously popular destination for families so the crowd was quite large on that particular night. Not wanting the chairs to go to waste, I walked to the back edges of the crowd and randomly asked a young family of three if they would like to join us.

Surprised, but happy to see it from closer up, they joined us and we ended up having a lovely conversation about Shakespeare (they had a young daughter). Turns out they’ve gone to many productions around the city and are always on the lookout for those that would be fun for the whole family. What are the chances, right?

It shouldn’t have surprised me because if there’s one thing you can be sure of at an ISC production, it’s that you’re bound to meet your neighbors on the blanket next to you and even make new friends when you least expect it. That’s the community fellowship ISC has always encouraged. (And thanks, Kelley, Juliana and Robb Fritz for becoming our new Shakespeare friends!)

Kelley shared a few of her favorite juvenile Shakespeare resources with us and I thought those of you with children might also be interested in them. Enjoy!

Animated Video
BBC Shakespeare: The Animated Tales www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006v9mm or


You can sample them HERE

How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig

Tales From Shakespeare by Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb (Authors), Joëlle Jolivet (Illustrator)

Naxos Audiobooks
Stories from Shakespeare v. 1, 2, 3 and The Plantagenets

And if you’re looking for some fun Shakespeare projects that are downloadable for free to pass the time over the holidays, here are a few links you might like to check out that I’ve found on my online travels. Happy Holidays one and all!

Make a color or B&W Paper Model of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London

Download a Shakespeare Plays Word Search Puzzle

Print or color online a William Shakespeare Coloring Page

Download a set of 5 Shakespeare Notebook Pages

Become the Bard with this Free Shakespeare Mask


Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts for your Love

Forgot to do something for your favorite Shakespeare Lover for Valentine’s Day? Here are a few last minute options that just might save the day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Immortal Shakespeare’s 20 Shakespeare Wallpapers for your iPhone. This colorful pack of 20 screensavers, features Immortal Longings Folio illustrations of the most famous tragic and romantic figures of the Bard’s repertoire. Click Here to go to their website. $5.99

Immortal Shakespeare also has a Do-It-Yourself Valentine Kit (Printable Valentine PDF template with envelope) Here to make lovely Shakespeare Valentines. The kit includes 4 of Shakespeare’s more romantic plays: All’s Well That Ends Well, Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing and The Merchant of Venice. $3.99

Shakespeare Valentine Bookmarks. These printable Valentine bookmarks from Activity Village showcase some favorite “love” quotes by William Shakespeare. They print five to a page Here and are FREE.

Canadian party planner and Vixen Made website owner Victoria has created a Shakespeare Valentine Wall Print that you can download Here. FREE

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