We just had the best two days. August 16th was our anniversary and to celebrate we threw an 80's party in the Glazer Lounge. Costumes were optional but a lot of the faculty, staff and Life Long Learners dressed up and it was hilarious. Kathleen Adams, who teaches Anthropology of Tourism put two rolls of toilet paper underneath her shirt and on top of her shoulders so they looked like huge shoulder pads. She looked fantastic, and hilarious. There were lots of headbands, neon, big hair and big earrings. We started around 9:30pm and the dance floor was full by 10pm. We danced for about 2 hours straight and the place was packed. Everyone was having such a great time! We left around 12:30 but the party was still going. What a great anniversary!
Then, last night our students presented our their final exam which was pieces that they had written about an experience they had had during our voyage. We had been working VERY hard with them in class and meeting to coach for several ours individually during the class days. Well they really amazed us last night. We had original piano compositions, funny quotes, original monologues, scenes, songs, lyrics and films. It was such a great evening for the whole ship and the Union was nice and full for the performance. After the show was over we put on some music and everyone started dancing and having a great time on the stage with our students. It was pure adrenaline and the students were eating it up. It's these kind of evenings that remind you why you love theater and why you love to teach. To see the shy student come out of their shell, or to have a student that lost a parent be able to share a monologue about the experience. It is powerful stuff and we are proud parents today.