Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Play’s the Thing

A few weeks ago, I attended students recitals and a play at a middle school run by a friend of mine.

(Apologies to those not pictured. The ones who appear are random.)

Overall, the class could recite massive amounts of quotations from scripture and classical literature.



I was not educated that way. It would have done me a lot of good to be required to stand and deliver.

Individual eighth-graders stood and delivered their own presentations, playing characters from history. Below is Sir Francis Drake.



Each presentation was by memory and highly impressive. Sir Walter Raleigh is in the foreground below.



Instead of just reciting facts, each student gave a first person biography, including the ambiguous nature of these real-life figures.

The play was A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Below is Oberon, King of Shadows.



As you can see, a lot of work went into the costumes. Also, the players didn’t just stand around and recite lines. They were almost constantly in motion.

Below is Nick Bottom



Wondering why a Shakespearean character has a donkey’s head? Read a book.


Overall, it was a wonderful evening. Many thanks to Sara Loudon and her Covenant Christian Middle School. 

1 comment:

Sara Loudon said...

It was a thrilling evening; thanks for coming and enjoying it with us, Mark.

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