CBHalloweenFrom episode 15, The Halloween Episode






CBEPlogoOn this special episode we take an in depth look at the craft of acting Shakespeare; The tools, skills, and awareness you must develop in order to competently serve an audience.



H42epLogo2 Henry IV 5.1-5.5 – As the wayward prince sets aside his past in order to become the king, there’s still a few loose ends to tie up and one final showdown to be had.



  • Aweful awesome
  • Graffing grafting
  • Husband steward
  • Shrows shrews
  • Leman sweetheart
  • Beshrew curse





H42epLogo2 Henry IV 4.3 – As the King’s time comes to an end, Prince Hal gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Suddenly the future isn’t looking so bright––what’s a father to do?

  • Address’d prepared
  • Want lack
  • Meting dealing out
  • Gross terms coarse language
  • Mete appraise
  • Biggen nightcap
  • Pinch torment
  • Soil moral stain






H42epLogo2 Henry IV 4.1-4.2 – Prince John invites the The Archbishop of York and crew to parley peace (oh look, there’s wine!) and Falstaff arrives just in time to catch some action.


  • Discoverers scouts
  • Sway on advance
  • Fronts confronts
  • Point notes of a trumpet
  • Show appear
  • Wanton self-indulgent
  • Heat urgency
  • Crudy curded
  • Seal with make use of



H42epLogo2 Henry IV 3.1-3.2 – King Henry finally appears in his own play, while Falstaff travels out into the country–taking the long road to York– pricking as he goes.



  • Cribs hovels
  • Pallets poor straw beds
  • Partial unfair
  • Rated berated
  • Roundly thoroughly
  • Prick him choose him
  • Tarry stay for
  • Fetch off get the better of
  • Dace small fresh-water fish, used for bate

H42epLogo2 Henry IV 2.4 – Romance is ripe, back in our favorite tavern, as Falstaff and Doll Tearsheet while away the evening. At some point a Pistol will go off.
Special guest vocals by Kymberly Tuttle.




  • Canaries a sweet wine
  • Jordan chamber pot
  • Bung pickpocket
  • Occupy fornicate
  • Cannibals blunder of the word Hannibals
  • Fustian worthless
  • Quoit throw
  • Untwind untwine
  • Tirrits temper tantrums
  • Gambol sportive
  • Malt-worms habitual drinker of beer

H42epLogo2 Henry IV  2.3 – Northumberland is about to join forces with the rebels against the King, but  his wife and the Lady Percy have other ideas. Spoiler: It involves going to Scotland. Special guest vocals by Heather Ordover.


  • Endear’d bound
  • Chevalry chivalry
  • Glass mirror
  • Affections of delight favorite things
  • Copy example
  • Abide a tield sustain a battle
  • Recordation memorial



Shakespeare Alphabet BookJERSEY CITY, N.J., June 26, 2013 – In Your Ear Shakespeare announced this week the release of a new book, The Shakespeare Alphabet Book (ISBN: 978-0615804712), by Ehren Ziegler and Shannon Sneedse, illustrated by Judy Ziegler.

The Shakespeare Alphabet Book pays tribute to the lyrical genius of William Shakespeare. The authors and illustrator have created a fun and unique perspective on Shakespeare from A to Z, pairing each letter with some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters, such as: “A is for Ariel, waiting to be released;” and “B is for Bottom, turned into a beast!”

Playful and elegant illustrations bring the characters to life as a menagerie of animals, all whimsically dressed in Elizabethan fashion. Shakespeare aficionados will appreciate some of the book’s more subtle aspects. For example, the Weird Sisters are represented by three birds, which are mentioned in the play Macbeth.

Additionally, a simple index at the back of the book lists the plays in which each character appears.

The book is also a celebration of just how much the English language is indebted to William Shakespeare. Beyond his timeless plays, he invented more than 1,700 of some of the most commonly used words by changing nouns into verbs, verbs into adjectives, connecting words never before used together, adding prefixes and suffixes, and devising words that were wholly his own. In fact, many of his original phrases are still used in conversation and language today.

“Shakespeare’s plays reached the masses, and were designed to delight audiences of all ages, shapes and sizes,” Ziegler says. “The Shakespeare Alphabet Book is a gentle introduction for the beginner, a fond amusement for the connoisseur, and good fun for all.”

For more information, visit: www.inyourearshakespeare.com.

About the Authors

Ehren Ziegler is an actor and artist, specializing in Shakespeare. He studied at U.S. International University, in San Diego, CA, and the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York. He is the author of Devouring Shakespeare: Five Simple Tools. Currently, he hosts Chop Bard (the cure for boring Shakespeare), a podcast that has been embraced by a worldwide audience of Shakespearean educators and enthusiasts since 2008.

Shannon Sneedse is a New Jersey-based illustrator and graphic designer. She has a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University. For the past 15 years, she has worked in the apparel and textile industries in New York City.  She recently illustrated the knitting book, What (Else) Would Madame Defarge Knit? and currently serves as the resident illustrator for In Your Ear Shakespeare. She is also the producer of the Chop Bard podcast. Her artwork can be found at www.shannonsneedse.com.

About the Illustrator

For the last 40 years, Judy Ziegler has worked as an artist, writing and illustrating children’s books such as, How Do You Raise A Rhino?, Why Do Elephants Wear Purple Suspenders?, Quick, Call Me a Taxi, and Waiter, Do You Serve Lobster? See more of her work at www.jjzieg.com.


2 Henry IV  2.1 – 2.2 – Hostess Quickly attempts to reclaim a debt from Falstaff. Prince Hal unceremoniously wonders back into the play.

  1. Much Ado About Nothing
  2. Alex’s answers
  3. The Shakespeare Alphabet Book


  • Yeoman assistant
  • Sirrah address to an inferior, or between equals of low status
  • Ent’red brough a lawsuit against
  • Foin thrust
  • Close grapple
  • Infinitive infinite
  • Indited invited
  • Quean slut
  • Honeysuckle blunder of homicidal
  • Ostentation outward display
  • Engraff’d attached
  • Wen tumor
  • Road strumpet, slut


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