GCC play hits home

Published: 1/16/2020 11:14:01 AM
Modified: 1/16/2020 11:13:08 AM
GCC play hits home

Last month, I worked with other students to put on a production called Rights and the Human Condition. Each student’s performance came from real, personal experiences in their lives. Of the various topics, I related most to “Right to Safety,” dealing with school shootings; “Right to Self,” bullying, and “Right to Peace,” about ending the War in Vietnam.

When I was a child, I was bullied by other children who always made fun of my birth defect, and made me feel insecure and frightened to walk home from school. With awareness of bullying today in both schools and work, however, now if I’m confronted by another person being bullied I’ll know how to intervene in the situation.

With all the school shootings going on today all over the United States, I can recall being traumatized when I was a teenager watching live footage from Vietnam on television with all the killing that was taking place before my eyes.

Tom Geha, chairperson and director, encouraged the students’ 100 percent in sharing their personal experiences. It was different than presenting a normal play. The creativity in the project demonstrated the students’ unique perspective on acting and personal growth.

Don’t underestimate the powers of GCC as one of the smallest colleges in Western Massachusetts! You might be surprised!

Peter Pavone

Greenfield


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