With flowing, ruffled skirts and colorful feathers on their heads, students taking French at Wheeling Central High School will share aspects of French language and culture at the school's 12th biannual "French Follies" at 7 p.m. Sunday in the school cafeteria.
The students will showcase the Cancan, a traditional French dance involving high kicks and skirt movements, as well as skits performed in French and songs inspired by French culture.
"It's an opportunity for the students to be on stage. Some of them have never participated in theater, and it's an opportunity for their parents to see them speaking French. Also, it's an opportunity for them to make memories," French teacher Pam Hartman said. "The entire show will be spoken in French."
Photo by Sarah Harmon
Pictured are Wheeling Central High School students who will perform the Cancan dance at Central’s biannual “French Follies” on Sunday. They are Emily Barnes, front left, and Lucy Hartzell; middle row, from left, Courtney Garloch, Katie Hurley, Katlyn Beabout and Emily Gordon; and back row Sarah Henry with Gabrielle Gentile behind her.
All the French students are involved in the presentation. The skits are either written by the students or renditions of existing pieces, and the dances are choreographed by Spanish teacher and dancer Jan Grubler and with assistance from 2006 Central graduate Brianna Hickman.
The event is open to the public with a small admission fee.