→ I believe that my cup is always half full rather than half empty.
→ I believe good things happen to bad people yet I have a choice in how I can react. [See belief number 2.]
We all have essential beliefs—credos that influence how we move through the world. Reflecting upon our credos, our deep beliefs, is the stuff of college application letters, high school essays, and of course NPR’s hit series, This I Believe.
Asking students in my Theatre Arts class to think about what they believe isn’t hard—what’s the kicker is deciding upon the story that got the kid to buy into their credo in the first place. It’s one thing to say, “I believe friends should have your back,” a common sentiment in the high school classroom. Yet when that kid backs it up with a story about a time when a friend stabbed her in the back, then I sit up and listen. And we want our audience to definitely sit up and listen to these monologues.
Monologues? Audiences? What?! That’s right, drama students, for the next three weeks we will be writing our “This I Believe” monologue. Once it’s polished and memorized, you will get into small groups and create a performance art piece with music, movement, and your monologues. It promises to be a lovely event. Stay tuned for more info on how you will construct your monologues.
By what credo do you live?
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