Garden City, N.Y., Friday, January 20th, 2017 – It is the tradition at the Waldorf School of Garden City for a class to perform a play in their sophomore year, entertaining parents, friends, students and the community at large. Later this month, the class of 2019 will perform The Oresteia, by Aeschylus. The class of 22 students will perform the play three times: Thursday, February 2nd at 7:30 pm, Friday, February 3rd at 1:00 pm and Saturday, February 4th at 7:30 pm. All three performances will take place in the school auditorium and are open to the public. Admission is free but there is a suggested donation of $5.00.
The Oresteia is a Greek tragedy consisting of three separate plays, Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Eumenides, following the fated destiny of King Agamemnon of Argos and his family. Agamemnon depicts the king’s return to Argos following his victory in the Trojan War. The Libation Bearers concerns the conflicts faced by Orestes, son of Agamemnon. The Eumenides follows the determination of Orestes’ fate by the gods.
The students utilize many aspects of their education in their production as they explore their artistic and creative abilities, design costumes and sets, sing, play instruments, act and work backstage as well as integrate their History and English lessons as they “live” in the time period.
It is an integral part of the Waldorf curriculum to stimulate growth and confidence in a student’s mind with activities that are presented in creative and exciting forms such as a play. The play is a fun and lasting experience for the students. For these intense and comprehensive experiences, the students are given a great deal of responsibility, as they carry our all aspects of the production.
*Suitable for grades 6 and up.
Founded in 1947 and located at 225 Cambridge Avenue adjacent to Adelphi University, The Waldorf School of Garden City offers classes from nursery through grade 12 and is accredited by the New York State association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) and the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA). For more information, call (516) 742-3434 or visit: www.waldorfgarden.org.