Friday, November 17th was a particularly exciting day for the French IV class. At 9:00 AM, the class, along with Madame Gaffey, departed for the Huntington Theater to see Moliere’s comedy, “Tartuffe.”
Preceding the trip to the theater, a visit by a Huntington Theater representative, Lauren Brooks, helped give a historical background of Moliere’s time and an understanding of modernizing adaptations made to “Tartuffe” to facilitate the audience’s experience. By using common warm-ups actors use to “get into character,” such as saying tongue-twisters, jumping around to loosen up the actor’s body, and enacting scenes with varied emotions, Ms. Brooks allowed the French IV students relate to the routine of an actor. Then, with a basic yet very helpful understanding of what efforts and planning went into “Tartuffe,” the class was prepared to see and comprehend one of Moliere’s masterpieces the next day!
“Tartuffe” follows a man, Orgon, who is completely blinded by the fraudulence of another man, Tartuffe, who tries to appear to others as a holy, righteous man, but really just wants to take advantage of Orgon. Orgon has set up the marriage between his daughter, Mariane, and Tartuffe, but Mariane is already engaged and in love with somebody else. As the rest of the family tries to expose Tartuffe to Orgon, the only one who can truly see the reality behind Tartuffe’s fraudulence is Orgon, but only with good time.
As it is the second time this French class has gone to see one of the theater’s productions, the class was overall delighted by all the aspects of the play (set, actors, script, etc.). One student in the group, Isabella Fontana, raves about the modernization of the classic piece, saying, “The play did such a great job at bringing an old and outdated humor into a modern perspective to make everyone from full grown adults to middle school kids laugh.”
By Ariana Bernal