Sunday, June 08, 2008

AVID Study Trip to Greek Theater and Play

On May 28, the high school AVID classes had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing an original Greek play performed in an original Greek theater, both over 2,300 years old. The play was Agamemnon by Aeschylus, and the theater in Siracusa is one of the few exisiting in the modern world.

Students were lucky to have the expertise of AVID tutor Kathy Vary, a theater major in college, who taught them the entire play and history of Greek theater beforehand. They were then much more equipped to understand and appreciate the production.

Every year in the spring, two original Greek plays are produced in the Siracusa theater in the archaeological park. Our classes raised the money over the schoolyear with snack sales to pay the cost of everyone's ticket. DoDDS provided the transportation.

Mr. Iozzia, Sigonella's Italian teacher, coordinated the ticket purchase. His Italian students joined us on the trip.

Since it was "open seating" night, the theater, which holds over 10,000 was packed with teenagers and young adults, many with school groups. The weather was perfect and the play beautifully produced. To see photos go HERE.

Special thanks to AVID tutors Stacy Hall and Kathy Vary for their help in preparing and chaperoning the students on this trip. Thanks also to Ms. Novak, Ms. Smith, and Ms. Sibayan for their support on this event. It was truly unforgettable for all.

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