Rudolf Steiner is in the headlines this week as scientists uncover DNA evidence that gnomes walked the earth as long as 80,000 years ago and share lineage with the early humans known as Denisovans. The New York Times reports that this startling new fossil evidence gives credence to some of Steiner’s theories that have been unfairly overlooked.
The Burning Badger Waldorf School Collegium emphatically denies that the second movie in the Hobbit series, The Desolation of Smaug, contains product placements for our school. The practice of product placement, or embedded advertising, is an abhorrent marketing strategy whereby companies pay to have their products or services appear in movies. This manipulative and insidious form of advertising is particularly damaging to our youngest elves who are usually unaware they they have been targeted as consumers and is one of the reasons we discourage our younger children from watching movies. Any appearance of Burning Badger crafts or merchandise, such as the Burning Badger school plates used in the lower school and available yearly at our Burning Badger Silent Auction, is purely accidental.
Burning Badger Waldorf School students were recruited to the crew of the newest Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug. Anyone familiar with the films will know that they are full to bursting with beeswax candles, earthen tableware, wooden barrels, farm tables, oak beams, pewter objects, linen robes, felted hats and other Waldorf staples. Location scouts visited the third grade classroom at Burning Badger to scope it out as a possible location for filming of Beorn’s house in The Desolation of Smaug but met with resistance from the Media Committee when they made their offer. While visiting the Burning Badger campus, however, the film crew staff were overwhelmed by the quality of our student’s handwork and hired over 45 Burning Badger students to work on crafting for the film. Although union rules applied, some parents objected to the exploitation of our student body and in the end the students returned from the set to resume their usual coursework at Burning Badger. But if you look closely at the footage from Beorn’s house you can see the exemplary handiwork of the third and fourth grades.
Burning Badger Waldorf School is abuzz with the news that the movie of The Rudolf Steiner Musical is finally being cast in Hollywood. We were all excited to learn that Jeremy Irons will be playing Steiner! Irons announced the role at in recent appearance at the Berlin Film Festival in October where he was promoting his upcoming film, Night Train To Lisbon. Our own beloved drama teacher, Pine Nut Schneider, will begin casting the Burning Badger Waldorf School production of The Rudolf Steiner Musical after the Fall Festival. She asks that we convey that the play is filled with wonderful song and dance numbers to showcase student talents and encourages everyone to audition whether they are tone deaf or not. The finale of the play includes an exuberant Anthroposophical conga line in which the Rudolf Steiner character will descent onto the stage from a zip line amid clouds of smoke. Note: anyone who happens to own a smoke machine and would be willing to volunteer it for use in the play, we promise that what happened last year will never happen again.
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