Lisle Junior High French students went searching for “adventure in the great wide somewhere” and found it at a matinee performance of Beauty and the Beast at Drury Lane Theater on January 17th. It was a spectacular production that really captured the magic and emotion of a tale as old as time.
This performance comes during Unit 2 (Family, Friends, and celebrations) of the French curriculum. Within this unit, we will be comparing family and culture across the French-speaking world and the United States. One aspect we all have in common is folk literature. Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) was first published back in 1740 in France and was written by Gabrielle-Suzanna Barbot de Villeneuve.
Since then, it has become one of the most recognized stories either on its own merits or thanks to Disney. This presents us with an amazing opportunity to explore how stories evolve over time and across cultures. Having seen the Disney version live, students will now be able to make stronger connections and critiques as they compare it to the original text as well as the modern French film version from 2014. By the end of the unit, students will be able to describe the family dynamics and settings they have seen as well as write a review of the play and the film, all in the target language: French.
A special thanks goes out to the Lisle Education Foundation for funding this trip - Merci Beaucoup!