Leland and Gray Players host alumna’s one-woman play, ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’
Grief is a shared human emotion. But the experience can only be yours.
This is the essence of Joan Didion’s play, The Year of Magical Thinking, to be presented at Leland and Gray in Townshend Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30 PM. The piece explores how Dideon coped with the sudden passing of her husband—author and producer John Gregory Dunne—while their only daughter was in a coma after being hospitalized just five days earlier.
Fort Collins Bas Bleu Theatre Co. artistic director Wendy Ishii, Leland and Gray ’65, transforms Didion’s own grief and unexpected loss into a stunning and award-winning one-woman play. Bas Bleu was recognized for its artistic achievement at the 2013 Colorado Community Theatre Coalition (CCTC) festival with the company winning first place show and Ishii being awarded the best actress award. Ishii also received Culture West’s “True West Award “for Best Solo Performance and Westword’s “Best One-Person Show Award” for her portrayal of Joan Didion.
Exciting News for Parents and Students!
Personalized Learning Plans (PLP)
Q: What is a PLP?
A: PLPs are Personalized Learning Plans. They are a way for students to review their learning styles, learn more about their interests, and set goals of what and how they want to learn. This year students in grades 7, 8, and 9 will be doing self-assessments, interest inventories, and multiple intelligence surveys on a site called Naviance. These activities will be done primarily in Advisory over time. With the results they will begin to set goals and steer their course selection to work toward life after high school.
Q: Why are we changing the way things have been done in the past?
A: Personal Learning Plans are part of Vermont Law, Act 77. While it is important for students to gain knowledge, we also must teach them how to use the information, set and meet goals, follow their interests, learn to be self-starters, and be creative and innovative thinkers.
Softball with Style: An Interview with Coach Tammy Claussen
By Dorinne Dorfman
Leland & Gray’s softball team played a very competitive 2015 season, all the way through the Vermont Division III finals on June 19th. When the end-of-year tumult ended, coach Tammy Claussen and I caught up to reflect and look forward.
DD: What drove L&G’s softball team to the finals?
TC: I had an extremely committed group of young women who believed in each other right from the start. They took this statement to heart: “It’s not always the best team that wins, but the team that plays the best together.” At the start, they had talked about their goals in the weight room, which you happened to see. As a team, we clarified that, “We want to be State Champions.” Then we got so close to accomplishing our vision; it’s just an amazing testament to their belief in each other. If you don’t believe it, you can’t achieve it, right?
DD: Not only did you ask for goals, you asked for SMART goals.
TC: It’s important for kids to know how to set goals for all kinds of activities. They’d heard about SMART goals, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Sensitive. They changed it from their original, “We want to go to the state finals,” to “We want to be state champions!”