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Haroun and the Sea of Stories
On Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16, the seventh-graders of Burgundy Farm Country Day School will perform Haroun and the Sea of Stories, a mythological fantasy that combines an exciting adventure story with hilarious physical theatre. Based on Salman Rushdie’s children’s book of the same name, Haroun emphasizes freedom of speech and the importance of storytellers throughout history.
“We become the stories that we tell,” says Burgundy’s Performing Arts Director Deborah Ives. “Storytelling is a tool that we’ve used for generations to share and shape what’s important to us, and the words we use have great, great power. Haroun demonstrates how with words we can hurt, heal, wound or lift. The students have embraced this concept and are celebrating their own opportunity to tell their story on the stage.”
The student performers read Haroun in its novel form as sixth-graders and were so excited by the material that they suggested the play to Ives as their 7th Grade production. Under Ives’ direction, they have personalized the performance, making slight modifications to the script, rotating multiple student actors in the lead roles, and adding two student-written raps to a story that easily lends itself to music and already features a robust soundtrack.
The performance is family-friendly, and tickets are $5 at the door.
More About Burgundy Farm Country Day School
Burgundy Farm Country Day School was founded in 1946 and is located on 25 acres of lush land. Every classroom on the Burgundy campus opens up to the outdoors, and the students and faculty celebrate the school's diverse community. Community service is an integral part of the Burgundy education. Parents and children also visit the Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies at Cooper's Cove, a 500-acre preserve in West Virginia where students spend several days immersing themselves in the study of natural science.