Texas's Fort Worth Academy has just posted a video from their recent production of The Enchanted Bookshop. It's only one scene, but it's one of my favorites--the scene where we first meet the bumbling smugglers Eddie and Fingers as well as the vocabulary-challenged Officer Ketchum.
And this production includes one big twist. Margie, the lonely book lover who owns the shop, has beea turned into a guy.
I think it works well--and shows just how flexible this play can be. Many of the famous book characters in it can be played by either gender--Robin Hood, for one. Or the devious Fagin.
Some schools have even gone so far as to add other book characters to the cast.
If it works, I say go for it. But don't stop there. This play is a celebration of reading and the power of books. Can other teachers and other classes be tied in to the production explore that even further?
Maybe English teachers could assign readings from some of the many books mentioned in the play. Maybe the school librarian could launch a reading contest. Maybe the art teachers could have students design their own book covers. Maybe the entire school could have a dress-up day, when students are encouraged to dress up as their favorite fictional characters.
When it comes to promoting a love of reading, the possibilities are endless.