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Waldorf Senior Relishes Drama Experience

by Jake Smith ’14

After 11 years of class plays at The Denver Waldorf School, I am at the pinnacle of my acting career there and eagerly rehearsing for my final production. The drama program is a vital part of the Waldorf curriculum. Each year, every class performs a play. In the early grades, our plays were recited as a class in unison and always related directly to our studies. For example, in 3rd Grade we studied the Old Testament and performed the story of Moses.

Each year, the plays are more advanced. Students progress from speaking in unison to sharing parts with other students. By Middle School each student has an individual part. Diverse Middle School productions range from Shakespeare to Broadway musicals. In 8th Grade, our class performed “Fiddler on the Roof,” by Jerry Block. I played the role of Motel the tailor, husband of Tevye’s eldest daughter. This play really bonded our class and showed me that no matter how good my individual performance was, it took the whole class to put on a quality show.

In High School, an even tighter class with more acting ability has enhanced my theater experience. As Sophomores, we put on the comedy “Servant of Two Masters,” by Carlo Goldini. I enjoyed developing better comedic timing, and after the show, a friend said it was so funny, it made him cry.

Our Junior play, Sophocles’ tragedy “Antigone,” provided the test of a more serious role. It was much more difficult to transport myself into the role of a messenger who delivers the news to a father that his son has died. However, playing this sad part made me a better actor.

This year, I am excited to go back to comedy. Our Senior class will be performing “You Can’t Take It With You,” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman at the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., on March 6 and 8 at 7 pm. I play the part of Grandpa, an eccentric but happy old man. It will be difficult to embody an old man, but I am excited to meet the challenge.