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Tucket Within

By Medina Demeter, Master of House & Youth

Tucket within. All dirty jokes aside, this stage direction gave me–the trumpeter for Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s upcoming performance of King Lear–a run for my money.

What is a tucket anyway? And how does that differ from a flourish or a sennet–which also appear in the script?  

Lucky for me, I have a wonderful friend from college named Alisha Huber who studied this kind of thing. She even wrote about it in “Sound Trumpets” from Shakespeare Expressed: Page, Stage and Classroom in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, edited by Kathryne M. Moncrief, Kathryne R McPherson, and Sarah Enloe. Although I, of course, encourage you to pick up the book and get the information straight from the horse’s mouth, I will give you the highlights.Read More