Last Monday at National Cathedral School, we had our first official foray into translating Speak About It from a college performance to a high school-appropriate performance. We changed some of the language, pointed the students to more accurate resources, and came up with some new jokes (that’s right.. “crossing guarded”.. it’s totally going to catch on).
The students were a wonderful audience, engaged and paying attention at all the right places, and laughing at the jokes (Shana’s biggest fear in any show is that the jokes will flop). We then got to split into breakout groups and lead the girls in a facilitation about consent, sexual assault and active bystanders. When we typically visit colleges and universities, we train the upperclass students to lead these facilitations with the first-years after the performance; it would be quite the adventure to have the 5 actors lead 500 students in an intimate conversation. This was a great little treat for the actors to be able to lead the facilitation, and we even had help from Amy, the Education Coordinator at SARSSM!
We were so honored to be included in the last week of activities for the graduating NCS seniors, and are looking forward to continuing our relationship with the school and the students. We’re excited to have a solid high school script and can’t wait for more opportunities to bring this to high school campuses. We’ve been performing for college students for four years, and this was our first chance to bring the conversation, unedited and not made PG, to a high school audience. We hope that they can interpret and internalize what they saw, use the information over the summer, and be even more prepared to matriculate in college in the fall. If you’re interested in bringing the conversation to your high school students, freshmen through seniors, we’d love an opportunity to help them speak about it.