Far Brook News
During a recent Morning Meeting, the Fifth Grade presented Philoctetes, a tragic tale by Sophocles, set during the Trojan War. The annual Fifth Grade play is an integral part of their yearlong study of ancient Greece and, true to the time, it features a Greek Chorus ensemble interacting with individual characters. Philoctetes is a tale that questions the morality of the characters and reveals the conflicts that arise in the struggle between what is right for the individual versus what is right for the group. In considering what is right in a war, perspective is everything, or as James Glossman, Director of Drama, put it: "...figuring out when things are heroic and when they are a terrible crime."
Far Brook's Fifth Grade spends their year examining the culture, people, and stories of ancient Greece. It is from this rich foundation that the students are able to create an entertaining and engaging production of Philoctetes that is still relevant to their 21st-century audience.