Remember Dead Poets Society? I saw that film when I was a teenager and still remember the moody aura of that ivy-league all-boys’ school in autumn Vermont. Shot at St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware, the movie did a good job of portraying the life of smart, sensitive, lost, lonely and desirous young men at boarding school.
Or so I thought.
With the release this past September of several artsy videos aiming to illustrate what life is like at another St. Andrew’s – this one St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ontario – I’m not sure if it’s such rebellion and angst and inspiration as the movie portrays.
One thing’s for sure: there is drama. And that drama is captured quite well in these videos, even if they are meant to promote this particular boarding school. You can’t go wrong with bagpipes, and the Scottish guy who made them really knows his stuff.
William Scoular, St. Andrew’s Head of Drama, has directed productions for London’s West End, Broadway, and Toronto’s World Stage Festival and continues to maintain a career as a writer and director for stage and screen. He’s also pulled the strings for numerous music videos, which is what these eight recordings, totaling 17 minutes, are most reminiscent of. Scoular opted for music instead of narration in order “to elicit an emotional response from the viewer – to not simply show, but to evoke what it feels like to be a boy at St. Andrew’s,” he said, in a press release.
However, there is another, fun way to take a peak at life among the Andeans: Go there.
This November 25th to 27th, the drama department will put on A Chorus Line in the Ketchum Auditorium, on the campus of the 111-year-old school. Tickets: $15, with a complimentary fantasy of being part of Dead Poets Society.