Middle School Students Delve into Dramas of Conscience
On May 9 & 10, the Middle School Production Classes presented adaptations of A Man for All Seasons and Saint Joan, under the direction of Mr. Phil Dickerson, drama teacher at Covenant.
These productions were part of The Conscience Series, "which provoked serious discussions in classes about the definition of conscience.“These were two people in real life who, when their conscience was challenged, allowed their conscience to dictate their decisions, rather than being swayed by the culture around them,” said Dickerson. A Man for All Seasons tells the story of St. Thomas More, who was beheaded by King Henry VIII, after he stood up to him regarding the King’s divorce. The play was performed by 11 students in Grades 7 & 8. St. Joan of Arc, who led troops to battle for France after hearing the voice of God and the voices of saints directing her to do so, is the protagonist in an adaptation of Shaw’s Saint Joan, performed by an all-female cast in Grades 7 and 8. The shows were challenging because of language and themes, but they all gladly rose to the challenge. “These are students in Middle School doing plays that are incredibly challenging. They dug deep and looked through the theme, history, and emotions of the play,” commented Dickerson.
Located in Charlottesville, VA, The Covenant School is a non-denominational, private, Christian day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, visual and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.