When I look back on the commentary from our U.S. Presidents, I have noticed that many shared similar thoughts on the powerful impact that art has on society. They’ve noted that while the arts provide aesthetic value by giving patrons an opportunity to disconnect and enjoy creative work, they can also also provide strong social commentary. The true power of the arts lies in the balance of creating a connection that is both emotional and thought provoking at the same time.
This week our students involved in the Upper School production, The Three Musketeers, take us on a journey that achieves both aims. While providing entertaining sword fights, a handcrafted set, and engaging dialogue, our students also present an alternative view into the landscape of a traditionally male dominated time period. Their performance provides a twist that forces the audience to grapple with issues of equality and societal norms. If you attended last night, you are likely to not only come away amazed by the physical performance put on by the cast and crew, but also in the way the actors challenge the norms of masculinity and femininity. It is a thought provoking production which marks the societal conversations currently happening against 17th century France. I would encourage you to read more about the show on The Gator.