Theater at the Stiftsschule
Theater is fun. Nearly all of my actors and actresses would agree with that statement. But theater is also hard work; through it one gets to know a lot more about oneself and others. Yes, I am convinced that involvement in theater contributes much toward the personal development of young people and fulfills a basic requirement in educating them. Body, mind and feelings are equally involved, so theater has a tremendous potential to influence. It provides something profoundly long-lasting, in contrast to other experiences that prove fleeting and short-lived. Theater experiences become part of one’s biography. Those involved in theater activities will never forget them.
When it comes to making a piece stage-worthy and giving shape to the whole, there is also a certain amount of frustration bound to the process. It takes discipline, perseverance, and team spirit to bring a project to a happy ending. The process is just as important as the product – or how you get there is as important as to where you are going. Sometimes it’s maybe even more important. But that's an individual call. Indeed, playfulness and light-heartedness are also part of the experience. There is much laughter, and time and again magical moments trigger something in each individual, awakening creativity as well as a feeling of group belonging. In keeping with monastery schools – theater is a tradition!
Franziska Bachmann Pfister
Head of Theater