Under the direction of Performing Arts teacher Gerard Doyle, students learned about and practiced Aristotelian elements of drama to perform and bring to life Sophocles’ Antigone and Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis. Antigone tells the story of a woman so committed to preserving her brother’s memory that she defies the king in order to bury him with dignity. Iphigenia in Aulis details Agamemnon’s tortured decision to sacrifice his eldest daughter to the gods on the eve of his war with Troy. Both plays feature timeless themes of civil disobedience, sense of duty, and familial loyalty.
According to sixth grade teacher Deborah Minutello-Bartlett, the students recognized and connected with the playwrights’ depiction of empowered female characters, and they enjoyed exploring the components of producing a theatrical performance, including sewing their own costumes.