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WPCS students stage ‘Canterbury Tales’

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Classic literature and history come to life as students from Winter Park Christian School perform Six Canterbury Tales adapted from Chaucer's famous work.

"The school's Humanities program follows a chronological four-year cycle through history," said Dina Osborne, Humanities teacher and drama director. Students begin by studying Antiquity, then Christendom, American Culture and Modernity. Students explore each year's historical period in many different ways: projects, literature, educational travel, and — in this case — drama.

Right now, they are looking into history from the Christendom Era, which coincides with Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. There are eight students grades 9-12 participating in this upcoming theater performance.

The cast is Ian Dale as the Host of the Tabard Inn, John Feltes as his trusty Servant, Sam Toller as Geoffrey Chaucer himself, Madison Smith as the Nun, Vincent Magee as Chester the Thief, Isaac Matson as Harry the Thief, Juliette Linke as the Wife of Bath, and Lukas Compel as the Valiant Knight Sir William. They are doing an amazing job!

The performances will be at Young Life Crooked Creek Ranch on April 29 and 30. More information can be found by calling 970-887-9784 or going to the website at http://www.winterparkchristianschool.org.

"We wanted to give students a rigorous academic education with a Biblical worldview," said Cathy Nutting, former academic administrator.

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Beginning this year with 62 students, grades K-12 are taught a wide variety of subjects. One of the main goals, Nutting said is to have them articulate verbally, as well as in the written form. Through thesis defense, speech, debate, and especially the drama program, they are able to express their beliefs and the basis behind them. "Drama is a huge benefit toward learning those skills," she added.

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