After much hard work, worrisome moments, and spurts of good luck, the drama that I worked on alongside my Macedonian tutor was performed! The drama, American Prom, was inspired by teen movies of the 80s and 90s – Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, She’s All That, Ten Things I Hate About You, etc. This project would not have been possible without the help of numerous individuals – the high school psychologist who believed in our idea from the beginning, the manager of the theater at the House of Culture who always picked up his phone and responded to my requests (and was able to derive meaning from my ashtu-ashtu Albanian), my coworker at the Municipality who built the background for our prom scene, along with numerous others.
Of course, the real stars of the drama were the students. Twelve actors from the high school were featured in the drama, all performing in English – their third language. Nerves were running high in the moments leading up to the performance – we were missing a performer, a wardrobe malfunction necessitated a change in dress, and students were anxiously peeking out to the audience to see if their family and friends had arrived. Crises were miraculously averted, and the students carried off the performance smoothly. The hours and weekends spent rehearsing showed in how well the students knew their lines and the changing of the scenography. I am so proud of them.
I am eagerly waiting for the news channel who filmed the performance to provide a recording of the drama. In the meantime, here is a link to my (surprise/impromptu) interview by one of the local news agencies and photos from the big day.
Interview for American Prom (fast forward to minute 5:30)