Monday, November 24, 2008

In the Wings: The Giver. Meet Brent Wick, the director.

Brent Wick directs The Giver, the second production of the 2008-2009 Civic Youth Theatre season. The script is by Eric Coble, based on the book of the same name by Lois Lowry.

The Civic Youth Theatre production of the script is the first by a community theater; all previous productions were at professional theaters.

Brent read Lowry's book for the first time when he was in 5th grade.

"Reading The Giver was an emotional experience for me, and I always thought it should be performed on stage," he said. "I learned two years ago that it had been adapted into a script, and I knew that I wanted to direct it."

Brent said the story of The Giver occurs in a place that is very different from our world.

"Leaders have decided the entire community will go through 'Sameness,'" he said. "There are no colors, no music, everyone dresses the same, everyone has the same education, everyone is assigned their job, their spouse and their children. There is very little freedom of choice in the community.

"Jonas, the main character, has been assigned to be the Receiver of Memories -- the memories of the entire community will be transferred to him. He begins to see colors and experience things the rest of the community knows nothing about. The story is about how he handles this new information."

Brent concluded by explaining what an audience may leave with after a performance of The Giver.

"It's going to be a very emotional show, but at the end I hope the audience will take with them the idea that nothing should be taken for granted," he said.

The Giver opens Friday, December 5, and runs each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 14. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2:30. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for youth.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette Web site.

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