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Student blog by Caroline O’Neal (9th grade)

 

For all students (and parents) at the school, you absolutely have to know about the buzz surrounding the upcoming play. Tickets have gone on sale and it’s crunch time for all of the actors. But what about everyone who will be in the audience? It’s a pretty complex play with about seven different plots running at once. For everyone who will be viewing this production on opening night for the first time, I present to you…

 

A (semi)Professional’s guide to not getting lost in Bibliolandra:

 

The Basics of Bibliolandra

What is Bibliolandra? Bibliolandra is the place where all good books go. It’s a specific place in the Beyond which is the invisible world all around us. It’s sort of like a parallel universe. Bibliolandra the place where authors and their characters dwell. It’s surrounded by the river Conversation which is the flow of authors words to their readers. The story takes place crossing over between Bibliolandra and our world.

 

Is this like West Side Story?

Within the two worlds, there here are two main groups with opposing views on what’s important. These two “gangs” are the moderns and readers. The moderns are all about keeping up to date with the latest technology whereas the readers love to immerse themselves in books.

 

Conversation River

Conservation River flows around Bibliolandra and it flows toward whatever’s at the end of the Beyond (heaven). To join the river you have to be willing to discuss the things that point you toward heaven and good books do that.

 

The Rollins Family

Richard Rolins is a husband and father who has been missing for years. He left one night and his family hasn’t seen him since. In the meantime, the members of his family have developed their own coping mechanisms to deal with the loss. Mrs. Rollins believes that keeping constantly busy will keep your mind off of troubles. Roxanne is obsessed with videogames and Vicky reads books.

 

The Princess and the Pea

There is an invisible author on the other side of every book. You may not see them but they’re the ones generating the stories that we read. Gwendleheid escapes her book and is searching for what it means to be real.

 

“T” vs. “t”

“And that’s thought with a capital ‘t’!” How you spend your thoughts is important. Noble things deserve a capital ‘T’ and small insignificant things only deserve a small ‘t’. The moderns ride trains with lowercase t’s because they think they’re going somewhere but they’re not.

 

Flashes and Mattresses

The song “Flashes and Mattresses” uses phones and mattresses to symbolize ways to stifle pain. Both are used as methods of distraction from the real world and the characters from both book and modern sides are trying to convince their respective people (Roxanne and Richard Rollins) to try one of these methods to forget their pain.

 

The Reason for the Rainbow

“Isn’t it pretty? Wouldn’t you really like to play with the colors? No time to wonder if the colors have something to say.” These words are sung by the rainbow makers and they are singing blissfully about not having time to wonder what direction they’re going in. Their focus has been redirected and now they have “no time to wonder” if the rainbow means anything but are too busy idly playing with the fragments.

 

Not to give anything away before opening night but here’s some food for thought: are any of us like the rainbow makers where we have forgotten something important?