Aux Armes, Citoyens!

July 15, 2015

Joyeux quatorze juillet! Happy Bastille Day! The day started off with a revolutionary morning assembly. Language Director Marty and Assistant Language Director Alysse, lavishly dressed as Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, made a dramatic entrance with their trusty servant and bishop by their side. After le roi etla reine sent students to the “Bastille” for not paying their taxes, les citoyensjoined together to storm the Bastille and sing La Marseillaise.

With the revolutionary spirit well in swing after morning assembly, students were ready for the big show at lunch. At Marty/Louis XVI’s suggestion of raising taxes, RAs and students got the guillotine ready. All other language academies watched in awe as two paper maché heads were waltzed around the dining hall.

Tonight the French Academy had a soirée du talent and we were all blown away by the diverse interests and hard work put on display. We heard poetry, monologues, and songs both written and translated into French by our very own students, and we watched some impressive interpretive dance as well as an opera version of a viral video. About a quarter of the academy participated in the French version of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”, making for an interesting menagerie on stage. Overall, it was a day full of festivities and joie de vivre!

-Dee, French RA