Over the past few days our high school theater department and theater tech crew have showcased their hard work and talents on stage as they debuted their fall production of Requiem for Change. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, you can still get tickets to the final two performances this afternoon and evening here.
The Singapore American School production represents the first time this work has ever been performed by a high school theater company. One of the unique aspects of the production was the opportunity for the students involved to personally spend time with the playwright, David Glass, and explore his thoughts and perspectives in the play’s creation. We are fortunate that the PTA through the SAS Foundation was able to fund this experience for our students.
As I watched the show Wednesday afternoon, I enjoyed seeing our students tackle the issue of climate change through an artistic platform. One of the great strengths of the arts is the opportunity they offer our students to unleash their creative talents. Beyond these opportunities to create, the arts also spur our students to view the world from different angles and to grapple with issues in different contexts.
In talking with our students, I hear time and again how much they value these learning opportunities outside the classroom—whether on the theater stage, dance studio, athletic field or service opportunities. To me, that is a core value of a quality American education—the emphasis on learning both inside and outside the classroom and that is at the heart of our culture of possibilities.
I am excited for the year ahead. I would encourage you to find a show that appeals to you and your family and spend time together enjoying one of our many concerts, performances, or shows this year.
Keep an eye out in eNews for the showtimes of several more productions this semester. Our middle school students are putting on Beauty and the Beast and our high school dancers will showcase The Jungle Book later this semester.