A Twist on Shakespeare

Back in the day… when our college Tecnología Turística Total (TTT)was only a few years old, we began the tradition of an annual symposium. Organized by the third year Tourism students, this event provides an opportunity for them to plan and carry out a special event.

The first year, in 1991, I remember helping the students arrange conferences with tourism industry leaders. They also set up a regional food display and hosted an artisan fair as part of the activities. With the creative use of brown paper, straw and stones they made the façade of our school look like a Maya house!

Now, twenty years later, the whole student body gets involved in the symposium. This year’s event will include conferences and an excursion to Chiapas. Yes… two bus loads of excited college kids on the road…

To get the Symposium off to great start, a group of TTT’s Modern Languages students have written, casted, directed and will star in a play. A take-off on “Romeo & Juliet” their comedy version is called, “El Borrador de Shakespeare.” Watching the rehearsal on Friday, I was amazed to hear how the students have cleverly used English, French and Spanish plays on words and double entendres that allow the audience to enjoy not only the acting and the story, but also the subtle use of language. Their enthusiasm is so much fun to watch!

They have asked me to extend an invitation to the community. This is a great opportunity to support Mérida’s local young people. Do come and join us, admission is free… there will be just one performance:

Date: Tuesday May 8th

Time: 9:00 am

Place: El Olimpo Theater  (Main Plaza, on the corner of Calles 61 and 62)

The slideshow is of the TTT students who are participating in the play “El Borrador de Shakespeare” – “A Twist on Shakespeare”

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6 responses to “A Twist on Shakespeare

  1. This looks like it will be a lot of fun. Seems like we always leave Merida just before something good or arrive just after something good. For those who will attend, enjoy!!

  2. Maggie

    Seeing first hand how much enthusiasm and hard work these students have put into this play and also having read the first drafts of the play and spied in on some of the rehearsals, I can say that those who attend won’t be dissappointed! These kids are SO talented, and they really hope you will join us!

  3. Nancy Walters

    Sounds like fun and I love Shakespeare — anyway it’s done, so see you there.

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