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The Flat Cats at Jean's Jazz Series on Sat., March 28, was essentially sold out;
however, some tickets, including a few pairs, have recently been turned in
and are available for purchase.
A Futuristic Fantasy,“The Giver,”
at Racine Theatre Guild
Set in a society that at first seems utopian, the world of 12-year-old Jonas, central character in “The Giver,” is gradually revealed to be quite the opposite. A futuristic fantasy, “The Giver,” based on Lois Lowry’s Newbery Award-winning book, plays two weekends, April 10-19, at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Avenue (Highway 38) in Racine.
Lowry’s 1993 novel “The Giver,” a modern young-adult classic on the curriculum of countless schools, popular throughout the world, has been adapted for theatre, film and even opera. The novel led to a wave of dystopian children’s literature, including “The Hunger Games.” The play script was created by Eric Coble in 2005. Last year “The Giver” became a major motion picture starring co-producer Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift.
The story focuses on Jonas (Ethan Wilkins), a boy living in a community based on the concept of “Sameness,” where war, pain and strife have been eliminated, as have choices, emotions and color. Only the “Giver” (Russ Stetler) retains memories of earlier times, before Sameness, in case they are needed to aid the Committee of Elders in decision making. At age 12, every person is assigned a role in the community. Jonas is chosen to be “Receiver of Memory,” the successor to the Giver. As Jonas receives memories from the Giver, he discovers the power of knowledge. He sees the lies and hypocrisy of his society and learns about the outside world, called Elsewhere. (This is conveyed by the gradual appearance of color on the stage where there were formerly only shades of gray.) Now Jonas must decide whether to stay, knowing what he knows, or to run away in pursuit of a fuller, but potentially dangerous, life.
Norman McPhee heads the Racine Theatre Guild’s production as director. The cast is completed by Alayna Thayet Jensen, Chris Heilgeist, Scott Kovacik, Autumn Heide, Noelle Carter, Tom Jackson, Brandye Carter and Anne Howard. Skelly Warren designed and painted the set. Heading the volunteer crew as production stage manager is Cindy David, with Jill Dexter filling the position of stage manager.
Performances take place on two weekends only, from April 10th to the 19th. On each weekend there are shows at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. In addition, there are Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on April 11 and at 4 p.m. on April 18. Tickets prices are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors (62 and older), and $12 for students (21 and younger). Discounts are available to groups of 12 or more and subscribers. There are also four performances given on weekdays for school groups. This play has been supported by a grant from SC Johnson.
The Racine Theatre Guild is a nonprofit community (volunteer-based) theatre now in its 77th season. The box office is open from 12 to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 90 minutes prior to each curtain time through intermission. For reservations or further information, call 262-633-4218. Discounts and coupons cannot be applied to online orders
Volunteering at RTG – Help make the magic happen!
Through the efforts of hundreds of dedicated volunteers led by a small professional staff, the Racine Theatre Guild, a community theatre, provides a variety of live entertainment and educational offerings for all ages, including:
- Main-stage plays and musicals
- Racine Children’s Theatre
- Jean’s Jazz Series
- Comedy Tonight
- Theatre trips
- Classes and workshops
RTG volunteers have diverse backgrounds—some arrive without experience, while others come with theatre degrees. All you need is desire! Do you want to meet people and have fun? Be part of a team? Learn new things? Indulge your creative side? See amazing results from your efforts?
Information is available at
2519 Northwestern Ave., www.racinetheatre.org, 262-633-4218.