In the fall of 2005, I had the privilege of being in The Laramie Project when we performed it at Burr and Burton Academy. At that time, we were the first educational institution in Vermont to put on this production. It is a journalistic piece that was created through hundreds of interviews by a New York theatre company through their travels to Laramie, Wyoming in the aftermath of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard. I fondly remember the conversations that it generated in our community.
Last week, that conversation was beautifully continued by a new generation of BBA students. I was so proud as an alumnus to see a new generation of students, faculty, staff, and administration choose to produce "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later." This production serves as a follow-up to the immediate events of The Laramie Project. It was inspiring to see the incredible student performances as well as brilliant contributions from faculty, staff, and administration. To see the current Headmaster, Assistant Headmaster and Dean of Faculty, the Dean of Students, the Science Chair, the Assistant Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, and two members of the English Department all be part of this cast sent a powerful message.
I applaud BBA for its most recent effort to live up to its core values of responsibility, integrity, and service.