My AP students this week performed scenes from Macbeth ranging from Macbeth’s attempt to hide his murder of the king to Ross delivering the news of the slaughter of Macduff’s family. One student even delivered Lady Macbeth’s soliloquy, some of the most difficult lines in the play, without a flutter. It’s hard enough to read, “What thou wouldst highly, / That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false, / And yet wouldst wrongly win. Thou’dst have, great Glamis, / That which cries ‘Thus though must do,’ if thou have it, / And that which rather thou dost fear to do / Than wishest should be undone.” But to memorize the scene and to play the role? That’s no small achievement.
It’s late October. There’s a nip in the air, and pumpkins and scarecrows on our doorsteps. What better time to watch some witches brew their mischief? Enjoy!