Theater provides free entertainment for students


Jennifer Byrd

Editor in chief

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If tickets to “Wicked” at the Civic Center Music Hall are out of your budget, yet you have a thirst for theatrical entertainment, RSC’s Student Theatre performance of “The Giver” may be just what you need. All students of the college and senior citizens can attend free of charge.

Eric Cable adapted the Giver’s screenplay from the Newberry Award-winning book by Lois Lowry. This book is often on the challenged books list, according to the American Library Association.

The story’s main character, Jonas, lives in a utopian world where everything is safe and strictly controlled; there are no choices.

Until his twelfth birthday, when he is sent to receive special training from the Giver, he believes everything is perfect. Soon he realizes the real truth of his world and understands its hypocritical nature.

Jonas must make hard decisions about his future as he learns what it truly means to grow up and grow wise.

The Giver runs Sept. 19-22 and Sept. 26-28 in the H.B. Atkinson Theatre. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. for all performances, except Sunday matinees, which start at 2 p.m. RSC students and seniors are free. General admission tickets are $5 and other students are $3; the box office opens one hour prior to curtain.

 

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