Fall Term Ends With a Christmas Play

Freitag, 13. Dezember 2013

by Daniel Davis Wood

Fall Term came to an end today with an afternoon of packing up and cleaning rooms followed by an evening spent enjoying the Ecole’s annual Christmas Play.

More than thirty students and teachers from both the Swiss Program and the American Program took to the stage to perform a retelling of the nativity story in German. Under the guidance of their directors, Ernst and Sigrid Thöni and Christian Egli, they worked hard for six weeks to bring the tale to life with some musical backup from the Ecole Folk Band and members of the Sing Ensemble, who performed Christmas carols during scene changes.

The play they performed was Emil Alfred Herrmann’s ‘Das Gotteskind,’ first staged a century ago at the Neuen Königlichen Schauspielhaus in Dresden. With all dialogue delivered in poetry, and with Joseph and Mary joined onstage by the Grim Reaper, a comical Devil, and an overexcited King Herod, the play was a slightly surreal affair and far from a typical retelling of the nativity story.

Click here to view a selection of photographs of the play.

The Christmas Play alternates annually between a German-language production one year and an English-language production every other year. Since last year’s Christmas Play was a production of Charles Dickens’ 'The Chimes,' it was the Swiss Program’s turn to decide what to perform this year.

After the curtains closed and the applause died down, students returned to their houses to finish up their departure preparations and spend one last evening in the company of their Ecole families. When they leave tomorrow, they’ll notice that there still isn’t very much snow here on the Hasliberg — but when they return in January, they’ll find it covered in pure white powder and they’ll strap on their skis or jump onto their boards for a term full of winter sports.

From all of us here at the Ecole d’Humanité, we wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year and we’ll see you back here in Winter Term.