student matinees

September 19, 2008

We just completed our last student matinee of Night Sky today. This year, students from High Tech High International, Montgomery High, Mar Vista High, KIPP Adelante school, and Hoover High participated in our 3-part arts program. Part one was a pre-show prep visit to the classroom by Mo`olelo’s Artistic Director Seema; part two was a fieldtrip for the students to see the play; and part three was either a theater or a science post-show workshop.

It’s always so interesting to see how students respond to our shows. Today’s Hoover audience was crying, laughing and cheering with the on stage action — it was wonderful.

The students often pick up on things that our adult audiences may not. For example, there’s a point in the play when Daniel calls Anna a ‘bitch’ and Anna then calls Daniel a ‘loser.’ The adult audiences respond more strongly to Daniel being called a loser, while the students respond strongly to Anna being called a bitch. It makes me wonder if somewhere between high school and ‘real life’ it somehow has become ok — or less shocking — to call a woman a bitch…. and if that’s the case, it’s so sad.

I always learn so much from the students.

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