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Festival of the Arts: The Journey

posted Jun 9, 2012, 11:25 PM by Golden Knight   [ updated Jun 10, 2012, 7:51 PM ]
Posted in Campus 

By Casey Shatraw 


There comes a time in everyone’s life where one of the biggest transitions needs to be made. This transition isn’t a matter of choice or personal motivation; it is physical and emotional process where one takes the next big step in life. Graduation is an exciting and scary reality. By looking ahead into the future, one can be excited for the next chapter in life. College, starting a career, meeting new people, and the transition to adulthood are all major steps involved in graduation. On the downside, graduation can be very emotionally devastating in different instances such as, leaving behind all of the innocent memories at school, and with friends, teachers, and family. Overall graduating from high school or even graduation in general is a very exciting and delicate topic. Not only does one need to look ahead, but one also needs to look behind, and examine the journey needed to get ahead. This is why the Festival of the Arts play titled, The Journey is the perfect example of how important it is to examine the past.

The play focused on a wide variety of concepts all pointing towards the importance of the past. The play stressed how significant the journey is as compared to the destination, and it did this by performing various scenes from various plays, each as a metaphor for the challenges and situations everyone faces during their lifetime, or more specifically, their high school career. During Act 1 many scenes, like one from The School of Rock, for example, show high school innocence and the relationships one has with their friends and teachers. This was a scene that was included because the relationships that are established and the innocent and comedic situations that one needs to get accustomed to are a part of the high school journey. Other scenes that include Picasso and Einstein, The Odd Couple, and Reality or Not…Desert Island, show the concept of the journey in a way that is educational, stressful, and even reminds us not to get lost along the way. All of the scenes in Act 1 stress and amplify the overall importance of the journey but more specifically the importance of examining many of the bumps that one faces along the way, whether it be having a stressful relationship, opportunities to show academic excellence, or even providing one self with a reality check of their own.

Act 2 of the play showed more plays that exemplified the journey in different ways. Billy ElliotRomeo and Juliet, and even Hamlet, showed the difficulties of the journey. The Billy Elliot example shows that life can get difficult when one’s own journey doesn’t run parallel with another, even if that someone is your own father. The Romeo and Juliet scene engaged with love and peer pressure, and the tough choices that people make for others, ultimately affecting the flow of their own journey. The scene from Hamlet, and even Death of a Salesman show how difficult the journey can be, but more importantly just how much better it can all become, with the closing song being “All These Things That I’ve Done,” by The Killers. The play itself also was engaged more in the journey because the very people who have experienced the journey performed in it, and it is by the very people who are graduating. It is performed in a very comedic fashion, with all the seriousness of life. A scene from Chapter Two has not only very well acted by members of the St. Francis community, but was the pinnacle the play’s main purpose. Chapter Two was beautifully portrayed, as it was the perfect example of life’s difficulties, and the power that we have to deal with them in our next chapter. The play mirrors the main theme, which is life after graduation, or in the case of the play, life after the passing of a wife, and the help and motivation a brother can provide. Chapter Two really emphasized the play in a way that really stood out, because it showed the power one has to deal with life, even if it seems impossible.

The purpose of the play was to not only stress how important looking at the past is in determining the future, but how important it is to reflect on the journey, and all the people and situations in it. It is these very moments that define who people are because you learn everything when you are young. You only go down the river once, and the sooner people realize how important their decisions are, the faster they will understand the future, and the journey they make to get there.