August 14, 2015 | Posted in Reggie A HollyWOOF Star
Did Lassie or Rin Tin Tin have to learn what Shakespeare was talking about? The simple answer is NO! They just had to respond to commands or look sad or happy or rarin’ to go when their television families and masters said or did something that needed a canine answer. Bark. Arf. Slobberlicksupport.
Asta may have been the only one to come close to feeling an affinity for another language or way of speaking since his owners were a bit out there. But, we’ll never really know for sure, will we, if Asta had any formal training in classical theatre?
These famous colleagues (notice how I put them in the same category as ME?) just had to be the DOGS of the piece; like intelligent eye candy for the rest of the script!
Any acting coach today will tell you to “experience the classics” if you’re serious about a career on the stage, in TV or film.
And Shakespeare, as most will agree, is the perfect definition of “classic”. (Some academics go back to Elizabethan or Greek drama, but Bill Shakespeare is fine for me. I like guys named Bill.)
Sooooo, come with me as I dive into some of the bard’s (did they mean “bark”?) works and try to “make them my own”. Anything for the craft.