It is extremely difficult to find the motivation to write up class notes when one's experience with holding classes at any non-University event is about even odds to get either zero or one student.
Making Period Performance Fun
1. Translate things so people understand them. You might have to tinker with the original rhyme or meter.
2. Select pieces with modern appeal.
3. It's okay to massage a humorous piece so that it's funnier.
4. There's a spectrum:
Original -> Translated -> Excerpted -> Summarized -> Change verse form and/or variations to music -> Period material, period form, period music, new composition -> Period material, period form, modern music, new composition -> Period material, modern form, modern music, new composition
It's okay to not be at the far left of the spectrum.