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R&J Flash Mobs Across North America


In a recent post, I requested that schools, theaters, or anyone else should stage a flash mob for the “balcony scene” from Romeo and Juliet, with a script created using Folger Digital Texts. Well, the deadline has passed, and we’ve had 28 fabulous submissions. They come from Punahou School in Hawaii; from the University of Northern Iowa; from Ottawa, Canada; from George, Kansas; and from Brooklyn, NY, among others.

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To begin, here’s a mini-documentary from Laura Turchi at the University of Houston:

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So here are the honors:

  • LARGEST BALCONY SCENE (a new World Record) submitted by Jill Burdick-Zupancic at Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA. They’ve broken the previous record of 160, set in Boston at the NCTE annual conference in November 2013. The new record: 188 participants.
  • BEST SURPRISE FLASH MOB submitted by Kim Dickstein from Haddonfield (NJ) Memorial High School. Here’s the same scene with the focus on the Juliets.
  • INTERESTING LOCATION #1 Ann McCormick’s students from the Brooklyn International HS performed their scene on Ellis Island in NYC.
  • INTERESTING LOCATION #2 The Merchants Bank joined the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minnesota.
  • INTERESTING LOCATION #3  A Company of Fools Theatre in Ottawa surprise the patrons at the Chapters Rideau bookstore in Downtown Ottawa.
  • BRAVEST MOB A group of 12 eighth grade students at the Friends School in Baltimore.
  • MOST PASSIONATE MOB A small group from Westland Hialeah (FL) Senior HS put lots of energy into their scene.

And if you want to see them all, here they are. Simply hit “Playlist” and scroll down to your favorite. And be sure to add your comments at the end of this post.

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