Doug Goodale Morristown: Re-enacting Romeo and Juliet

English teacher Doug Goodale of Morristown has a unique ability to inspire his students at the Delbarton School, a private high school in Morristown, New Jersey where he teaches English courses to eighth, ninth, and tenth grade students. In the spring of 2013, Goodale had his students re-enact scenes from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, recognizing that “Shakespeare did not write his plays to be read, but to be seen in performance.” True to Shakespeare’s era, all of the parts were performed by males and, since it was springtime, all of the scenes were staged outdoors. In preparing his students for the “production,” he reminded them that it was difficult to fully appreciate the humor, romance and tragedy that unfolds in a Shakespeare play without actually seeing the characters in action and hearing the rhythmic pattern of the iambic pentameter verses. For Goodale and his students acting out Romeo and Juliet, all the world truly was a stage!

Doug Goodale began teaching at the Delbarton School in 2006. In addition to his responsibilities as an English teacher, he is the head coach of the middle school cross country and wrestling teams, and club advisor to its rugby team.