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Friday, May 27, 2016
When students in the Therapeutic Support Program South (TSPS) at the F. Donald Myers Education Center watch a play they are doing much more than enjoying the scenery. The students are aware of all aspects of the performance and have continued to hone their skills in writing a critical play review.
Recently, TSPS students attended a morning matinee performance of “The Trip to Bountiful” at Capital Repertory Theater. They also stayed for the "Talk Back" session at the end of the show where the actors answered questions from the audience. The actors shared how difficult it was to use a southern accent and to play a character that is so different from their own personality. They also discussed what personal experience they brought to their roles and how they decompress after the performances.
As an English language arts assignment, students wrote critical reviews of the play, using a basic formula that real theatre critics use.
Earlier in the year, the students had the opportunity to watch and analyze “Blue Sky Boys.” The students have had the opportunity to experience live theatre, thanks to a generous grant.
Here’s an example of a review:
I’ve never attended a play that really stirred my emotions and made me think about life, until May 6th when my class went to see the play Trip to Bountiful written by Horton Foote.
The overarching plot of the story is, in the words of Foote himself, “an old lady that wants to go home.” The plot is simple and sounds dull, but the way the play was performed and directed made it hard-hitting and at times, tugged at the heartstrings.
The acting was phenomenal. It was so realistic and co-ordinated I felt like I was watching a real life situation and not a play. The actors conveyed emotion into their lines and moved the audience to both tears and laughter. After the play, what really struck me was how much the actors related to their characters. Most of their lines were just second nature to them, which explains why they delivered them so well.
The stage props and lighting were simplistic yet engaging and really added to the experience. The house they reeled in towards the end was my favorite.
What I really liked about the play was how open it was to interpretation. There’s many point of views expressed during the play, and you can look at the play in many different ways. For instance, when the mother walks away with her son and daughter in law at the end of the play, it appears like she’s simply walking away with her family. However, I was under the impression that she actually died, and her walking away with her family was merely a symbolization of the fact that now she is at peace with everything and everyone.
Overall, I rate this play a 10/10. The story was well written and executed perfectly, the acting was phenomenal, the props and stage lighting were impressive and engaging, and the ending was heart wrenching but at the same time bittersweet.