Secondary students staged four well-received performances of a challenging play.
This year's Secondary drama production – produced by Zurich-based theatre company Close Encounters Theatre – took to the stage last week. Metamorphoses, by Mary Zimmerman, is a collage of stories that bring Ovid's tales to life. This abstract visual work fuses the ancient and contemporary in both language and image. The narrative continually reflects the notions of change, growth and cosmology.
ICS students had worked hard on this production, rehearsing since early September. Students met together for a minimum of 4 hours a week, plus some weekend rehearsals. In between, they studied and practiced their lines and reviewed videos of rehearsals. An intensive "Tech Week" required student attendance for 8 of the 10 days leading up to the final performances. Students honed their organization and time management skills by balancing this large time commitment with their demanding academic schedules.
Four performances of the production were held at ICS. The ICS community of families, students and staff was thrilled to attend. Full houses enthusiastically welcomed each of the performances. The cast of 27 actors and performers performed brilliantly. They were ably supported backstage by a student sound, lighting, set, props, costumes, make-up and stage management crew. The production also highlighted the wonderful generosity of the ICS community, with parents involved in the creation of costumes and props. Additional volunteers organized logistics and met the needs of the audience before and after the play.
We are proud of our students for their dedication, hard work, and creativity. And we thank the ICS community for its support of this stellar effort.