1983 was a great year. We started with the idea that theatre could complement the tools customarily employed to teach language (even be one of them), and the short-lived Theatre
International raised the curtain on its first season in 1984. We were also vitally interested in the positive effects performances in staged and fully costumed musicals and plays before a
live audience could have on the self-esteem of young people, and on easing their fears of public speaking. Theatre International lived a few years, but my mother, Rebecca Sonnenschein (aka
Rebecca Radcliffe, soprano) and I, Richard Sonnenschein were not a part of them. The Leysin American School hosted Theatre International in 1984, and then decided they would run it without us. We
were unfortunate in not having a proper contract to protect us.
Rebecca Sonnenschein, my mother said to me of Theatre International: "We've done fine work here." And that we had. Leysin 1984