Tickets Now On Sale For “The Giver”
The Giver, a beloved Newberry award winning novel by Lois Lowy, tells the story of eleven year old Jonas who believes his world to be perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns twelve he is chosen for a special training from The Giver-to receive and keep the memories of the community. The Giver is the only person who holds the memories of real pain and real joy. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life-and the hypocrisy of his utopian world. Through this astonishing and moving adaptation, we discover what it means to grow up, to grow wise and take control of one’s own destiny.
“This production is quite a different kind of production for The Fine Arts Guild.” Director Debbie Baldwin states, “Although the play appears simple to produce because the set is sparse and the actors don’t change costumes, there are lots of props that were a challenge to find. The entire show is “grey”– everything! Three grey bicycles, probably a hundred grey books, a grey globe and a grey apple for instance. Plus, it is filled with many particular sound cues (a heartbeat, a baby crying, a horse galloping, an elephant trumpeting, etc.) that require the actors as well as the audience to use their imagination because there is nothing visual to draw upon for the suggestion. Jonas, the main character, sees things in color that no one else sees. From a lighting point of view, that’s difficult to portray. The Giver speaks about falling snow and warfare. Those aren’t things that we dramatize in a play very often. The question that we discussed was not where to find these sounds to record, but rather how do we show this to an audience in an effective manner? The show lends itself to much creativity on our part and that’s why I enjoy directing it. It’s very inspiring.”
The cast includes a few veteran actors, students and several folks that are new to the stage. Michael Djik portrays the Giver, Seth Greer-Jonas, Stephanie Soliday-his mother, Tim Buck-his father and Sage Shumate-his sister, Lily. Joan Parlette is the Chief Elder, Scott Buck-Asher, Jonas’ best friend, Savannah Erskin-Fiona, Jonas’ friend. Mae Tice portrays one of the Twelves and Olivia Reins and Skylar Shumate are double cast as Rosemary.
To purchase tickets in advance, please check out the Guild website at fineartsguild.org or Macdonald Book Shop. Adult prices are $14.00 at the door with student prices at $8.00 and $12.00 for senior citizens. Tickets in advance are $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for students and $10.00 for senior citizens.
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