Last night we went to the high school to see the Great Gatsby. My cousin, Matthew, played George Wilson. This was his friend, Steven's senior graduation project and was also Matthew's first time acting in a play (he's usually stage crew). He was amazing as was the whole cast. The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books and appears to be a lot of people's favorite book as well. We were handed a program and my old 11th grade English teacher and Steven wrote about the book. This is some of what Steven had to say about his project:
This project started entirely as a "what if" conversation. In March of 2012, I was reading through the novel and I had some interesting ideas about how some of these iconic moments in the story could be translated to the stage. I always knew for my Senior Graduation Project I wanted to create some kind of production, I just had no idea what it would be. But there was something about this Gatsby that kept bringing me back. I thought Upper Merion could really relate and learn from the subject matter.
This makes sense, Steven is an actor and was always in productions. I do have to say what Mr. Darnell wrote was profound:
When I read the Great Gatsby for the first time, the year was 1991. I was sixteen years old and a junior in high school. I knew even then, despite my greenness of experience and lack of sophistication regarding worldly and personal, that the book was exceptional. Its narrative suggested, even to my sophomoric sensibilities, the mysteries of romance, the promise of hopeful dreams, the treachery of self serving narcissism, the agony of loss, the melancholy of nostalgia.
Here is a comic book project I did in 11th grade (in 2006) on a Macbook: