The first theater week of school was a great success. The entire project was meticulously planned by Grade ten under the guidance of Mr. Weber. They deserve accolades for their successful planning and teamwork!
First thing on Monday morning the theatre teachers encouraged the students to overcome their timidity by practicing unfamiliar poses in front of the group. In the afternoon all of the students were allowed to choose in which of the seven scenes they wanted to act or whether they would prefer to animate the scene using multimedia.
The groups then began to work under the direction of the grade ten students. On Tuesday afternoon we drove to Zürich to have a behind-the-scenes peek at the modern playhouse called „Schiffbau". Two actors gave us a tour and described what happens in each room of the theater, providing us with a vivid portrait of how a play comes to life. We discovered professions that were unknown to most if not all (or do you know what a Kascheur makes?!). Then we travelled across town to the old playhouse called the „Pfauenbühne".
An exciting and unplanned surprise was meeting a very special elderly lady on the train. Hearing the conversation of our students, she chimed in that she was at the premiere of "The Visit of the Old Lady" in 1956. We are planning to invite her for a visit at our school. Most of the young people were in a real theater for the first time in their lives and marveled at the beautiful, tranquil surroundings with the chandeliers, seating arrangements and special rituals. The students were required to dress appropriately and behaved exemplary.
After the show they appeared very surprised about the freedom in action that a director has. They had read the entire play and were able determine exactly where the director had changed passages and added new ones. The students were amazed by how many funny ideas he had added in the style of "Star Wars", a kickboxing scene and the inclusion of the audience or startling sound effects. Encouraged by surge of creativity from the theater the students returned to Pfäffikon bubbling with ideas and energy.