Back in the day… when our college Tecnología Turística Total (TTT)was only a few years old, we began the tradition of an annual symposium. Organized by the third year Tourism students, this event provides an opportunity for them to plan and carry out a special event.
The first year, in 1991, I remember helping the students arrange conferences with tourism industry leaders. They also set up a regional food display and hosted an artisan fair as part of the activities. With the creative use of brown paper, straw and stones they made the façade of our school look like a Maya house!
Now, twenty years later, the whole student body gets involved in the symposium. This year’s event will include conferences and an excursion to Chiapas. Yes… two bus loads of excited college kids on the road…
To get the Symposium off to great start, a group of TTT’s Modern Languages students have written, casted, directed and will star in a play. A take-off on “Romeo & Juliet” their comedy version is called, “El Borrador de Shakespeare.” Watching the rehearsal on Friday, I was amazed to hear how the students have cleverly used English, French and Spanish plays on words and double entendres that allow the audience to enjoy not only the acting and the story, but also the subtle use of language. Their enthusiasm is so much fun to watch!
They have asked me to extend an invitation to the community. This is a great opportunity to support Mérida’s local young people. Do come and join us, admission is free… there will be just one performance:
Date: Tuesday May 8th
Time: 9:00 am
Place: El Olimpo Theater (Main Plaza, on the corner of Calles 61 and 62)
The slideshow is of the TTT students who are participating in the play “El Borrador de Shakespeare” – “A Twist on Shakespeare”