Making Connections in Theatre

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Connecting-Theatre

There are four artistic processes you will find in every Fine & Performing Arts course at Eastside Prep:

1. Creating

Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work.

2. Presenting, Performing, Producing

Performing (dance, music, theatre): Realizing artistic ideas and work through interpretation and presentation.

Presenting (visual arts): Interpreting and sharing artistic work.

Producing (media arts): Realizing and presenting artistic ideas and work.

3. Responding

Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning. 

4. Connecting

Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context.

(nationalartsstandards.org)

These four processes are core to what we do in the Arts and often help us frame the story of what learning looks like in our classrooms.  I recently had the privilege to sit in on a rehearsal for our Upper School play and found a perfect example of what Connecting looks like in Theatre.

This year’s Upper School play, “The Memorandum,” was written by Vaclav Havel, a playwright and former President of the Czech Republic.  After picking this play, Mr. Holmes made the immediate connection that one of our staff members, Marcela Winspear, was born in the Czech Republic. Marcela met with the cast and helped make clear connections to the country and culture from which the playwright was writing from. While the play isn’t set in any particular country, some of the nuances of the characters became much more clear after the students better understood what life was like in the Czech Republic. The role this information and connection to the greater context plays in helping our student actors perform the play is incredibly valuable.

We hope you have the opportunity to attend one of the four performances of “The Memorandum” written by Vaclav Havel, translated by Vera Blackwell.  You can reserve your tickets at:

thememorandum.splashthat.com

Perfromances are scheduled for February 3rd through the 6th with the performance beginning at 7pm.

 

 

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