More to Ridgefield High School Than Meets the Eye

There is much more to RHS youth than meets the eye. Clubs, electives, and the arts make RHS an interesting place to be a part of; check out "The Laramie Project" which opens January 31 at RHS.

The Ridgefield School District has always been known for their great education and intelligent students. Then besides that, Ridgefield High School is known for their amazing sports teams. But, what is behind all the books and sports gear? A lot more than people tend to see.

Now, I'm not saying studying and sports are not important! Because they are extremely important! Yet, there are so many things that don't get as much credit as they should.

A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine, Christina D'Aiuto (class of 2013), had asked me to be a part of her film assignment for her filmography class. I literally had NO IDEA that that class even existed. I figured that it would be a great opportunity to try something new by being in it, so I decided to do it. The film process was a couple of days, however, a lot of running around. Yet it was so worth it. It takes a lot of creativity to put together a project like that. You have to tie the plot together, cast it, consider the lighting of the film, the angle, the set, costumes, and a lot more. When it was finished, I was shocked. She obviously learned so much in this class. Props to Christina who did a fabulous job on her project.

Thank you so much for making me a part of it <3. (I put the link at the bottom.) So what I am saying is, I had no idea that this class even existed, and I am apart of the school! I didn't realize all the classes we have that could be so interesting to take!

We also have the plays every year. And it would be nice to see more seats filled for the shows :).  At the beginning of the year the show put up was Still Life with Iris. I heard this show was amazing and so enjoyable. (Sadly I couldn't make it.) These students work so hard on putting these shows together! Right now, the show they are working on is The Laramie Project. Here's a snippet of the synopsis:

"Laramie, Wyoming, population 26,687. Laramie, often referred to as the “gem city of the plains” was the site of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21 year-old, gay, University of Wyoming student. On October 6, 1998, he was found tied to a “buck” fence, beaten and unconscious. On October 8, 1998, Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney were arrested for the kidnapping, aggravated robbery and attempted first-degree murder of Matthew Shepard. On October 12, 1998, Matthew Shepard died in Poudre Valley Health Center after 5 days in a coma. The charges against Henderson and McKinney were amended to include first-degree murder.

The Laramie Project is a play by Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theatre Project. “On November 14, 1998, members of Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming, and conducted interviews with the people of the town.” The Play is “edited from those interviews, as well as from journal entries by members of the company.” (The Laramie Project, "Introduction") The Play is about the town of Laramie, its citizens, and their reaction to Matthew Shepard’s murder."


This show is actually opening next week at RHS! Everyone should stop by! The dates are January 31st, February 1, 2, 7, 8 at 7:30 pm in the Black Box theatre.

This year, RHS is putting up the musical production of Les Miserables! Yes, Les Mis! Everyone knows this show! The story of a time set during the French Revolution! The stories of love, loss, unrequited love, hate, passion. It's going to be a great show! The show opens in March! More details will come later!

RHS is packed with all different types of classes and activities! I could list on forever. Let's just say that I'm interested in taking that film class next year :)

Check out Christina's Movie => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSmhxQs3_wA

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