Saturday, September 29, 2012

Cedar Ridge Academy's Therapeutic Boarding School Students Attend a Performance of Les Miserables

Between August 2nd and August 9th, some
Cedar Ridge Academy students attended a trip to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah.  These students had completed the class academics necessary to attend this trip.  For about the last decade, the certified English teachers have been teaching a rigorous curriculum to help students to understand William Shakespeare's words that also aims to help students with credit recovery, academic recovery, and prepare for college.  The class culminates in a great experience for these troubled teens: the trip.  To help with their academic development, one of their assignments is to write a reflection about the class or the trip to post on the blog.  This post was written by Kathlene.

My favorite performance at the Shakespeare Festival was the show Les Miserables. Les Miserables is a musical based on the Revolutionary times of France.  The whole show is sung and there are various characters who tell their story through the music.  The main character Jean Valjean is a convict on the run.  He is trying to start a fresh life with a new identity, but there is this pesky inspector named Javert and he is trailing him the whole time.  As the play continues, all kinds of dramas arise like angry prostitutes who aren't paid enough, greedy, grimy innkeepers who spit in people's drinks, and two young people who fall in love.  The lovers are Cozette and Marius.  Marius is one of the rebels going against the Revolution while Cozette is an innocent naive girl who is protected by her father's iron grip.  The interesting thing to me was that Cozette’s dad was Jean Valjean, but he really wasn’t her dad.  At the beginning of the musical, Cozette’s mother, Fantine, dies under Jean Valjean’s care so Cozette is “adopted” by Valjean.  I think this background makes him be more protective toward her.

I had a closed minded attitude toward the idea of a musical so when I heard we were going to see it; I couldn't have been less excited.  So, I was pleasantly surprised during the whole thing.  I couldn't get enough of the energy the play was giving off and I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to go on the Shakespeare trip.

Cedar Ridge Academy Therapeutic Boarding School Shakespeare Trip 2012
Kathlene enjoyed the woods around the cabin and the great scenery that it provided on the Shakespeare Trip

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