Thursday, May 8, 2014
Lowcountry Preparatory School welcomed its partner school from France, Saint-Denis International School, to perform its musical comedy, Threepenny Opera (L’Opéra de quat’sous).
The school, located in the medieval town of Loches in the Centre region of France, yearly travels across the Atlantic to put on a show at several of its American partner schools.
Usually this trip is made at the end of April or beginning of May and consists of students called probatoires (or probas for short). These 30 students are in a transition year program at the school and their participation in a theater project (called the “Georgia Challenge”) while traveling abroad is one of the students’ requirements.
This year, before the annual Saint-Denis visit to Savannah, Lowcountry Preparatory School was honored to be chosen as one of Saint-Denis International School’s visits for the musical comedy.
All of the Middle and Upper School students at Lowcountry as well as faculty and visitors witnessed the spectacle in the Lowcountry gymnasium as the French students courageously performed their songs in English while maintaining French for the dialog. After the one-hour production, spectators cheered and students of both schools intermingled before Lowcountry Prep students, faculty, and administration wished the Saint-Denis students continued success on their way to Savannah, Georgia.
The director of Threepenny Opera is Pascal Herce, and he was accompanied by school directors, Olivier Gervès, Martin Chatagnon, and Philippe Minereau.
This was the third part of an exchange between the schools during Academic Year 2013-2014. In February, Saint-Denis sent several students to immerse themselves linguistically and culturally at Lowcountry Preparatory School for four weeks.
During mid-April, Lowcountry returned the favor by sending several of its students to France, visiting Paris and then traveling to Loches to visit Saint-Denis.
The trip was led by Lowcountry Prep teachers David Carlson, Mimi Cool, and Debbie Ladd.