Shakespeare's 'To Be or Not to Be' on the Ukulele

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To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?

Courtney Welbon memorized Hamlet's famous soliloquy for an AP English quiz by composing a song and singing it -- accompanied by her ukulele. She's quick to point out, though, that the mood of the song was never intended to reflect the drama of the play, but to help her remember the words. She got an A+ on the quiz, and how her upbeat song is going viral.  

For more of Courtney Welbon's music, check out her band, Town

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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