March 10, 2015
“It takes a village” takes many forms in community life in Beaver Run. Festivals, and the drama embedding in them, highlight the artistic and social aspects of our community. The Waldorf curriculum places high importance on drama. This past year we were fortunate to witness several inspiring examples of drama.
Fifth graders performed scenes from the epic Gilgamesh. The poem is a quest myth in which the hero must win fame through performing extraordinary physical feats, while a spiritual quest looms in the background. Gilgamesh returns without the object of his search, but with wisdom instead. These important concepts, conveyed artistically, affect the performers and audience in transformative, albeit unmeasurable, ways.
Taken from their American Revolution block, eighth graders performed The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. The play enhanced valuable social skills such as cooperation, peer support, and self-esteem: unifying goals that build a caring and supportive school community.
My twelfth grade class’ play, The Sacred Flame, was performed before spring break and with its message of “carrying the light” contained the forces of hope, healing, and rebirth that accompany the season. The village supported the class artistically and practically, making it possible for us to create an inspiring and meaningful celebration. Through the process, our class community was strengthened as we worked together to achieve the goal. One of the special benefits of drama is the ability to witness how students overcome personal obstacles, discover something greater within, and touch hearts through their authentic performances.
Perhaps the best example this year of “it takes a village” was the entire Beaver Run community performing The Selfish Giant for our 50thbirthday celebration. The participation of every class allowed the story to come alive in a most joyful and heartfelt way. Festivals and drama truly do strengthen and vitalize our village.
By Peggy Hirt, Faculty