Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Fall 2010 French Recital

 The Fall 2010 French Recital took place on Thursday, December 2. Students from FRE 315 Introduction to French Studies performed their very first recital pieces, dramatic monologues in which they portrayed historical and fictive characters from their cultural study of the French experience of the Second World War. These characters included children from the movie Jeux interdits, figures of the Resistance such as Lucie Aubrac and Gabriel Péri, for example. Students from FRE 320 French Short Story and Composition performed an original sketch based on Guy de Maupassant's short story, Aux Champs. Their sketch depicted two women whose friendship became strained after one allowed a rich family to adopt her son for a monthly allowance.

Elsa Richardeau, the department's French Assistant, and Dr. Myers would like to highlight this semester two students from FRE 315 whose first recitals are great examples of student achievement.

Rosemary Loehr portrayed Lucie Aubrac, inspired from the movie based on her life and Lucie Aubrac's later years in humanitarian work. Rosemary spoke clearly, knew her material well and immersed herself in her character, a woman who would dare anything and risk her own life to save her beloved husband.

Brianna Swift portrayed Paulette from the movie Jeux interdits. Brianna, whose French was also fluent and whose material was well communicated, captured Paulette's youth, her feelings of abandonment and need of social support, as well as her need to understand the death as she experiences the loss of her parents and her pet dog.

Congratulations to all our students who performed so well. The Recital was well-received by all French students and their faculty.

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