What more can I say... this one was on the list for months!
She is alone the Arabian bird, and I
Have lost the wager. Boldness be my friend!
Arm me, audacity.” -Cymbeline, W. Shakespeare
I arrived in Ashland with only one thing in mind... bring my girls to their first Shakespeare play.
Of place 'tween high and low. -Cymbeline, W. Shakespeare”
Shakespeare's Cymbeline is a perfect introduction, a fairy tale princess (similar to As You Like It) who must enter the forest dressed in a boy's guise to save those she loves most. It's funny and silly and kept my daughters on the edge of their balcony seat the whole way through,
“Poor I am stale, a garment out of fashion.” -Cymbeline, W. Shakespeare
And yes, we journaled throughout the production. Drawing and scribbling until it got too dark to see. This is the outdoor Elizabethan theater mind you.
Nor the furious winter's rages.”
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages.” -Cymbeline, W. Shakespeare
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.” -Cymbeline, W. Shakespeare
It was well past midnight when we made it back to the hotel. I'd promised ice cream and a dip in the pool, which we did. Late into the early dawn I sat back on the deck and watched my daughters splash and recite lines back and forth until exhaustion... content beyond the measure of any king's wealth.