Poor Clare’s Play ‘The Wolf of Gubio’ Performed in AZ

Paul Keggington

May 31, 2012

To make this 800th anniversary of St. Clare memorable for her Immaculate Conception School 4th graders, Yuma, AZ, Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Maria Goretti Scandaliato decided to reinact  Poor Clare Mother Mary Francis’ rendition of ‘The Wolf of Gubio’. Sister Maria Goretti shares photos and comments on this impressionable moment in her students’ lives.

Thought you might enjoy seeing photos from our recent 4th grade play, “The Wolf of Gubbio.”  This is actually a play that Mother Mary Francis,PCC wrote and published many years ago.  The [Poor Clare] Sisters have performed the play many times at the [Our Lady of Guadalupe, Roswell, NM] monastery, and I wondered if I’d ever have an opportunity to teach and direct it with my students.  It is a difficult play, and I never dreamed 4th graders could handle it, but handle it they did — and very successfully! 

The cast of 5 students voluntarily came for practice each Saturday for the past couple of months and two moms helped me set up the scenery.  The children performed it May 11, 2012 for the 3rd-8th grades, teachers, staff, family and friends. They actually memorized the entire play.  I think Mother Mary Francis would have been proud of their performance, and I hope to get a few copies of a video made to send the Poor Clares.  I think they would love seeing it.  The nice thing, too, the children have a special love for St. Francis now!

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