But as the nun carefully unfolds the story of her teacher, Miss Jean Brodie, it becomes more and more evident that this is the kind of story that sells newspapers: full of sex, scandal and political intrigue. Brodie, played by Esther Mulligan, is one of those teachers who has led a colorful life and would rather discuss the intimate details of her history with her students rather than world history. Thereís no question that Brodie is a high-energy teacher that inspires her students, but the inspiration is anything but the status quo traditionally taught at this school.
While the audience canít help but admire Brodie for refusing to turn her students into social robots, we also canít help questioning, along with the schoolís principle, how far should a teacher go to influence young impressionable minds. There are no answers provided in this play but it does a great job stirring up questions about the moral responsibility of the teaching profession.
In addition to Mulligan, Hughes and Dietz, the cast includes the very talented Ben Colteaux as art teacher Teddy Lloyd and one of Brodieís lovers, Ann Ripley as the principle Miss Mackay, Jay Kerzner as the timid music teacher and a wide range of young talent playing the parts of Brodieís students. Director Robert Wilson really took the time to explore all the subtle nuances of this thought-provoking story while preserving its essential ironic and often quite humorous undercurrent.
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