The Play, "The Giver", Performs at Krempels Theater

by Office of Marketing | Nov 20, 2012
If you missed The Giver, then you missed an exemplary theatrical performance! In early November, Curtain Call – the student drama community at Valley Forge Christian College – staged an impressive adaptation of the award-winning book by Lois Lowry.

This dystopian story about a boy named Jonas and the unrelenting government that controls his community, was aptly summarized by Curtain Call as follows:
"Jonas’s world is 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 becomes 12, he is chosen for 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, discover how one voice of change, trapped in a sea of sameness, can rise up and make a difference in his community."

To say that the talented cast executed the performance of this story well would be a gross understatement! So tremendous was the acting of these students that many audience members were brought to tears during the plot’s climax on opening night.

Leading the way with exceptional acting skill were freshman Joshua Brugere (Jonas) and sophomore Myke Smith (The Giver). These two, with an impressive showcase of emotion and sincerity, seamlessly captured the attention of every spectator; as onlookers watched the display of emotional distress, physical pain, and gripping monologues, they could not help but be drawn in to the sentiments that the actors were expressing.

For fans of The Giver, this theatrical variation brought to light the imagery and mood conveyed in the pages of the book. For newcomers to the story, Curtain Call successfully hooked them with an intriguing and inspiring adaptation. Student directors Kathleen Bird and Maranatha Purring did an excellent job leading the cast to a massively successful debut for the academic year of 2012-2013.

It certainly looks to be a promising year for Curtain Call; it is evident that God has placed a handful of acting gems within the program! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for upcoming drama events here at VFCC.