Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
March 23, 2009
College aims to restore faith to the arts
Living Water College in remote Derwent raises its head with summer Shakespeare program
BY CHRIS MILLER
The college will be located in new buildings.
The college will open its doors in late 2010 or 2011, offering a three-year arts program where students will study visual arts, theatre, music, literary arts, film and video.
Working towards opening the college since 1999, Noster decided that it was time to at least get something started, namely a Summer Shakespeare Program, with the same approach as the eventual full program.
Twenty students will be accepted. A serious interest in Shakespeare and a serious Christian faith are prerequisites.
There is a direct parallel between Shakespeare and Catholicism. “Actually, unknown to most people, Shakespeare was using his drama to express the truth about the world that he was living in at the time, which was Catholicism oppressed by the Crown of England,” said Noster.
“He actually included in his plays very direct references to what was going on around him to encourage people to retain their faith, and hang on, but he did it in poetic form so that he wouldn’t get beheaded like so many of his contemporaries.”
At the six-week summer program, which runs July 6 to Aug. 18, students will learn the process of putting on a play. They will study the mind and faith of William Shakespeare.
A typical day would entail prayer in the morning, learning the essentials of drama, studying ancient philosophy and theology, and examining the history of the Elizabethan Reformation.
Frank Turner, a veteran actor, will provide intensive practical study of movement, staging, vocal production, stage fighting and script analysis.
“Their intellectual development would parallel what Shakespeare’s was,” said Noster. “Shakespeare actually read the ancient classic literature. The Greeks taught us a lot about the human condition through their tragedies.”
Another highlight of the summer program is a special visit from Lady Clare Asquith, British author of the 2005 book, Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare. She will demonstrate the consistent message in the rich symbolism of the Bard’s work.
The program will conclude with students rehearsing and eventually performing Macbeth at various community venues.
The $2,500 tuition includes the six-week program, dormitory housing, and meals of local organic beef, dairy products and produce.
For more information, visit www.livingwatercollege.com or call 780-741-2488.
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