World Theatre Day is the creation of the International Theatre Institute (ITI). It is celebrated annually on the 27th March on an international scale. Various theatre events are organized to mark this occasion. One of the most important of these is the circulation of the World Theatre Day International Message through which a famous personality of world stature shares his or her reflections on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace.
We too celebrated World Theatre Day at SCAD World School. Students were divided class wise into groups. They chose their own story, scripted and directed the plays on their own; with minimal scaffolding from the teachers. To make it interesting, the event was introduced as a competition.
On the day of performance, students surpassed all expectations. Each play spoke of the 'culture of peace' that marks World Theatre Day.
Group 1, consisting of our Juniors, stated through their play that we could live a life of peace and abundance if we took time out to care for the environment. Group 2, consisting of the Middlers, enacted an excerpt from 'A Christmas Carol' where they showcased how peace is something born within each person. When we step out of our selfish agenda's and allow peace to permeate our being, it flows out of us in a cascading manner. Group 3, consisting of the Seniors, took up the theme as a social cause. They based their play on the story of Oliver Twist. They introduced their story in a very 'retro' fashion by starting with a video promo of the play. The play was how a child, who had been mistreated, and later kidnapped, held on to peace within his heart, believing that , on day, things would change; and how finally things do change for the better for him.
The Seniors won the first place in this competition.