Roman soldiers re-enact the past
This was a special performance made at the South Theater in Jarash, Jordan, as part of an educational activity for school children designed to make them more aware of the historical importance of ancient theaters, the need for their preservation and their optimal use while the need to protect them.
Many school children came from Jarash and its surrounding areas as well as from Amman, Zerqa and Al Salt. It was a fun activity with pupils exhilarated and exalted as they watched different performances mostly acted by school youths.
Both the stage and the auditorium were beaming with delight and a heightened sense of action, as pupils cheered and interacted with the different acts on stage. Events stretched from blustering music to plays, break-dance and carol singing, bringing the whole house down in excitement.
The event was organized by the Ministry of Antiquities in Jordan, an activity that is part of one of its offshoot ATHENA Project for the enhancement of ancient theaters backed by the European Union under its Euromed Heritage Program.
More than 1500 children, families who saw it as a day outing watched the activity with a sense of thrill. The children were captivated by the Roman shown, as 45 legionnaires performed in the orchestra of the theater, doing moves and maneuvers made thousands of years ago, proving very educational for the children.
Many said it was a wonderful show, well conceived by local organizer Rahaf which provided the acts, and made sure the events went without a hitch. Madrasati, a local educational initiative contacted the public schools and made sure of a high turn out. Local teachers and pupils said the activity was highly entertaining combining what can be called as edutainment.
Experts argue if we are to preserve our ancient theaters right across the Euromed we have to target the youngest groups of society and make sure that they become more aware of the importance of ancient theaters.
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