Written and produced by homeschoolers for homeschoolers, Julius
Caesar Remixed is a humorous jaunt through the high points of Shakespeare's Julius
Caesar. Full of sound effects, musical scores, original music, and witty story lines, the CD was surprisingly professional. Why was I surprised? Much of the production of the CD--from musical compositions to sound effects and writing--was completed by teens! These teens also serve as the cast of characters and do an outstanding job.
The original play of Julius Caesar is truly "remixed" as you meet the Queen of England, Shakespeare himself, and the regular cast of characters, including Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, and Antony. There is quite a lot of liberty taken in the storyline, as it's turned almost into a musical with silly songs interspersed in nearly every one of the 20 scenes. Even though it's somewhat silly, the main storyline shines through, and your teens are likely to have the general idea about Julius
Caesar by the end. In fact, the silliness and songs may actually help them understand the real play and historical significance in a way that might be difficult to grasp otherwise.
The entire CD runs just short of an hour, which makes it a quick listen. None of the 20 scenes last more than six and a half minutes, with most lasting only a couple of minutes. These quick changes between scenes keep you on your toes and keep you from getting bored. Let me rephrase that. The quick scenes don't allow older children the chance to get bored. Quite honestly, my elementary children were not very interested in the CD--and rightly so, since Julius Caesar is quite deep, even when done as a musical comedy.
Would I purchase the CD if I hadn't received it as a review product? Probably not. Not because it wasn't good and not because the $9.99 price isn't fair! I am a huge believer in unabridged, living literature, and I have a hard time listening to or reading abridged or remixed stories. I always feel like something's missing. However, I realize not everyone likes the same things I like! I encourage you to visit the Gold Spike Audio website and listen to several clips to decide for yourself if this comedy will meet the needs of your family.