French International School brings Shakespeare alive in four languages -- Gazette.Net


Students from Lycee Rochambeau, The French International School in Bethesda, performed at the Folger Shakespeare Secondary School Festival in Washington, D.C., March 21.

Together, 16 students, all juniors, from the OIB Literary Analysis Class performed an original work using words from “Macbeth.”

The students presented four scenarios, each in a different language, using French, English, Spanish and Arabic.

“The Macbeths in this piece are representatives of cultural establishment, while the witches are members of the counterculture or revolutionaries who strive to rebuke Macbeth for his vaulting ambition,” said Tesa Conlin, the class teacher and director of the performance.

The festival, which this year ran March 13-22 and included students from 56 schools, is a celebration of Shakespeare, said Caitlin Griffin, education programs assistant at the Folger Shakespeare Library, which hosted the festival.

The students are invited to create plays as long as they use the words of Shakespeare, Griffin said.

The Lycee Rochambeau students received awards for their work including the Tour de Force, which went to the whole group for their strong performance and pacing; the Motion and Music award that went to Dylan Simon for his musical delivery and to Marie Bouhour, Andrea Schaeffer and Antoine Duthion for theirs; a No Time Like the Present award to Sam Sheehy, Owen Page, Paul Berg and Nicolas Trad, who carried the story of an individual murder in Scotland to an international level, and to Kim Vibes, Tiphaine Bourachot and Dina El-Saharty, whose deliveries gave strength to the text.

“We did it together. It was a very organic process and we all worked on it,” Conlin said.