Lights, Laughter and History

(Picture taken from reducedshakespeare.com)
(Picture taken from reducedshakespeare.com)

By Sheenu Chirackel | Contributor

On Tuesday night, the renowned and hilarious Reduced Shakespeare Company performed “The Complete History of America (abridged): Election Edition” at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Augusta University’s very own Maxwell Theatre.

It was a glorious event that brought together students, faculty and community members to enjoy the fast-paced and witty rendition of America’s history.

While the show filled the theater with laughter and left some with tears (from the laughter), what set the show apart from other comedies was that the Reduced Shakespeare Company managed (quite spectacularly) to bring to light a concept many of us forget: Learning can be fun!

They did everything from talking to acting, and even singing about the days of Amerigo Vespucci, the Revolutionary War, World Wars I and II, and even the upcoming election! The Company’s utilization of such different forms of entertainment made you forget that you were, in fact, learning in a most unconventional way. Sitting there on those red cushioned seats on that Tuesday night was like sitting in on the coolest history lecture presented by the cast of Hamilton — it just left you in awe and in want of more.

So students take note, learning can be great as long as you make it great. Try rapping about the cell cycle or singing about derivatives because you just might be surprised at how much you enjoy it.

Contact Sheenu Chirackel at schirackel@augusta.edu.

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