Volume 90, Issue 99

Thursday, April 03, 1997

The Great One


Student theatre au Francais

Here is a lesson in practicality from French professor Servanne Woodward's French 406 class – learning is about more than just the language.

The class has been divided into two sections and each one will produce a production of Marivaux's La Dispute and Simone Schwarz-Bart's Ton Beau Capitaine. Students are not only responsible for producing the performances but also for acting in them and handling the advertising for the plays.

"It's practical knowledge because we've also learned about advertising and fundraising," explains fourth-year French student Erica Hughes.

Some of the students in the course were not totally sure what they were getting into when they signed up for Servanne's class.

"We thought it was going to be a literature course," admits fourth-year French student Gina Karamoutzos. "We found out it was a theatre course right after the December exams."

Most of the students have found the course to be an educational and enriching experience, despite prior misconceptions.

"We had the opportunity to speak French more with our classmates than we normally do," says Kelley Heyes, also in her fourth year of French.

Ton Beau Capitaine is the story of migrant workers, while La Dispute explores the relations between men and women. This should be especially interesting since 90 per cent of the students in the French program at Western are female.

–Paul Fruitman

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