Every year the teachers of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School perform the Shepherds Play, one of a collection of three plays written in the 16th or early 17th century by a group of German farmers who migrated to the island of Oberufer on the Danube River. They brought with them a cycle of religious plays that had been handed down through the oral tradition for generations.
These plays have been preserved for centuries in their original form, and were translated into a suitably archaic English version by A.C. Harwood, a Waldorf teacher in England. Both reverential and humorous, the Shepherds Play is now performed each year in many languages in Waldorf schools all over the world.
The play’s universal, archetypal themes demonstrate goodness overcoming evil, love overcoming fear, light shining in the darkness, and good will enduring in human hearts. It is suitable for all ages.
The Shepherds Play will be performed twice– once for the children on the last day of school before the break, and once that same evening. The evening performance is open to the whole community.
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