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Could Shakespeare Tweet?

Jul 7, 2011 9:46:00 AM
By BLO Staff

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We all know the Bard. We all
know his prolific works, ranging from sonnets to comedy to tragedy. And this
fall BLO premieres a new
of Verdi’s Macbeth,
based on Shakespeare’s tragedy of the same name.
So, what if we prepared a bit for the big opening?
In the opera world we frequently prepare English translations to help the
audience follow along with the plot. Let’s put a modern spin on that concept
and use Twitter to tell the story of Macbeth.

On July 27,
we’ll tweet each scene from Shakespeare’s Macbeth
in roughly 4-6 tweets, beginning a new scene every thirty minutes. We can’t do
it alone. We need your help, brilliance and creativity!

We call for up to 28
– one to cover each of the 28 scenes in Shakespeare’s play.
Don’t worry, we have a brief breakdown of each scene for your convenience.

How it works:
-      Interested
parties email by Sunday July 17
We’ll assign
sections to each participant
You’ll have
one week to compose 4-6 tweets comprising the scene. No need to quote verbatim
or write in iambic pentameter; in fact, please don’t! Give us the essence of
the scene or highlight the best moment and do it in 140 characters or less.
Maybe you’ll try the No Fear Shakespeare
style and break it down in modern layman’s term; whatever your tack, we want it!
Email your
completed tweets to by
midnight on Monday, July 25
-         Tune in and
follow @BostLyricOpera on July 27 for a day filled with witches,
dark intentions and lust for power.

And just for fun: All participants will receive a
special edition Macbeth t-shirt and
an invitation to join us the following week (August 3) at the DCR Hatch Shell
for our annual concert with Boston Landmarks Orchestra. After the concert we'll meet up around the corner at 75 Chestnut for drinks and appetizers!

Flex your twitterary muscles this summer!

Topics: twitter, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, contests, macbeth, macbeth twitter initiative

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