By George Revazishvili ’17
The AP Spanish Students recreated scenes from Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quijote de La Mancha in the auditorium on November 12 and 13. Dr. Rafael Rodriguez’s students were given time to prepare with their groups and work creatively on their productions which included acting, singing, and many props to make the performances fun and realistic.
“In creating our scenes, we were able to better understand Miguel de Cervantes’ writing and learn more about spanish culture,” said Oscar Villalva ’17.
Each group from the two AP Spanish classes got to choose a chapter from the novel. After presenting information about the chapter and its characters and then performing it, they also got the other students involved by asking key questions about the chapters which were included on a following quiz.
“The play was beneficial to the students in the sense that it has opened their intellectual horizons to other world views through a universal figure like Don Quijote,” stated Dr. Rodriguez.
While the students were having fun with the performances, at the same time they were learning about literature and expanding their knowledge.
“It was interesting to see how different groups enhanced the play in a variety of ways; one group even sang and played the guitar, which was definitely a refreshing addition to the production,” said Natalia Wiater ’16.
Comic relief did indeed play a big role, as laughter was the most heard reaction from the crowd. Even those not interested in the story could still enjoy their time in the auditorium.
At the end of the performances, Dr. Ernest Pysher who helped the students on stage with the equipment, treated the students in the auditorium to a reading of the introduction of the Broadway version of the play, Man of La Mancha.