Note: ‘The Seagull’ ends with a violent act that may not be appropriate for younger or vulnerable viewers.
For the Theater, Drama, and Performance block, the 11th and 12th grade took up the iconic modern play, Anton Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’. This compelling and mysterious play has attracted and perplexed modern audiences, and I am so proud of the students for encountering this challenging artistic piece and being drawn into its intriguing alchemy. The class performs it as Reader’s Theater, a logical choice given the distance learning context, but in the end one that serves the artistic project well; the students focused intensely on their voices and Chekhov’s language to bring meaning to the text. It speaks so highly of them that they navigate the heady mix of sly comedy and appalling tragedy that is ‘The Seagull’, that they bravely embodied the trek of its young protagonists, Constantine, Nina, and Masha, toward different forms of degradation and destruction. The 11th and 12th grade listened attentively to the lessons of ‘The Seagull’. They dedicate their performance to their classmate, Chase Bjork.
--Mr. Joseph O'Donnell