Under the tutelage of French teachers Claire Arnod and Arlette Ostrow, 8th grade French students are busy rehearsing for this weekend’s Premiere Scene student theater competition hosted by the Lycée Français of New York. This is the second year that Hewitt students are participating in this international French Theater Festival, which brings together nearly 400 French-speaking students from schools around the country and France.
The theme for this year’s competition is La Résistance, and the 8th graders are rising to the challenge with a 7-minute play of Les Misérables. The class began reading Victor Hugo’s French classic in September and are focusing on the political aspect of the book. With the help and time of two 8th grade parents (Ms. Cronin and Ms. van Kesteren), who are working with the girls on choreography and costumes, the students also are incorporating French songs into the existing text.
A jury of theater professionals and French teachers will give awards for Best Writing, Best Performance, among others. Last year, Hewitt took home the prize for best actress performance and le Prix Coup de Coeur du Jury (Special Jury prize).
Bonne chance aux étudiantes de français!