Salvete! This summer, Magister Cavedo and I will be co-directing the Latin Academy play, which is Menaechmi (The Brothers Menaechmus) by Plautus. This play features twins who were separated as children and are finally reunited. When one arrives in the town of the other, people get them confused, which leads to hilarious and silly problems for the brothers. Our play was the inspiration for Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. It will be amazing and fantastic!
The play is a huge part of Latin Academy, and I encourage all of you to be involved in the play in some way, whether you've ever tried theater before or not. (I mean, I had never done theater before, and here I am directing my fifth Plautus play!) Try out for a speaking part and maybe you'll play Menaechmus Sosicles, the twin who never gave up on finding his brother. Maybe a non-speaking part is more your style and you can be a silly cook helping the young woman, Erotium, prepare lunch for her lover, Menaechmus. Maybe you're more musically inclined and you can bring your instrument to play to accompany the actors. Or maybe you're artistic and you can help out painting the set or designing the cover art for the program. There really is something for everyone!
This blog will document the MMXVI session of the Virginia Governor's Latin Academy. After elections are held, the aediles will be responsible for its upkeep.
Download these and use them to help with packing:
GLA Clothing Checklist
GLA Essentials Checklist
GLA School Supplies & Optional Checklist
Again, these are not required and I would only get one from each category, if any.
a. Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency
b. Cassell's Concise Latin-English, English-Latin Dictionary
c. Collins Latin Concise Dictionary
a. Homeric Greek: A Book for Beginners
b. Liddell and Scott's Greek-English Lexicon Abridged
c. Pocket Oxford Classical Greek Dictionary
Daily Life Books
a. Everyday Life in Ancient Rome
b. Peoples of the Roman World
c. A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome
d. Daily Life in the Roman City
You will need Roman clothing for several of our activities. You might not always have much time between these events, so you might want to bring more than one outfit.
An Overview I & II
Simple Tunica, Stola, and Palla Patterns
Legio XX's Civilian Clothing
Another Simple Dress Pattern
Simple Tunic and Toga Patterns
Legio XX's Military Clothing
Officers of the Academy
Consules: Mitch and Graham
Censores: Liz and Blake
Praetores: Bryant and Elizabeth Ne
Aediles: Kathryn and Anshu
Tribunes: Kirby Ann and Will
Quaestores: Analise and Ben G