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Why Theatrical Arts?

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Katie Beaumont, Director of Fine Arts

Humans are complicated. We are full of deep joys and heartfelt sorrows. For centuries, one of the creative ways humans have historically wrestled with mankind’s state, is on the stage. It is there, in dramatic presentations, that we dissect the layers of the human state through laughter, tears, anger, and compassion. We boldly explore these emotions along with the age-old virtues, vices, and of course, the battle between good and evil. As our students take the stage once again, they join in this timeless conversation.

Last week the Rhetoric drama class made us laugh throughout Shakespeare’s whimsical comedy, A Midsummer Nights Dream (as seen in the pictures.) In the upcoming weeks, Logic students will present the classic, Aesop’s Fables and an old western melodrama called, “Who’s Mining the Mercantile, or If it’s Counterfeit Ware It.” (see the flyer below.) These are not empty spectacles for mere amusement, although you are sure to be entertained!

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Theatrical arts have a distinct purpose in the well-rounded development of our students. Along with the pleasures and nerves that accompany their costumes, props, sets, and characters, lies the opportunity to explore a greater storyline of humanity: a story of brokenness, love, rescue, and lasting victory. God has placed within us a longing for something more… something or someone that can plummet the depths of our inner being and make sense of our complicated state. These theatrical exercises bring classic narratives to life and become the places where we examine our deeper need, tasting the foreshadow of it’s ultimate fulfillment in redemption.

Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and woman merely players.” And yet, as Christians, we need not just play our assigned role to no end. We do not “act” in vain. Rather, we explore life’s complications through the telling of stories, that we might become more fully human, and find our place in the greatest story ever told.

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