The Giver

In the play The Giver, the success of society depends on one man knowing the history of all things, both good and evil, while the rest of the population remains in ignorance of the truth. Now it’s time for that man, known as the Giver, to pass the knowledge on to Jonas, a young boy. But what will Jonas do with that knowledge? Will he maintain the status quo or will he try to change things?

The Giver is a thought-provoking and challenging story with some serious issues,” Vivienne M. St. John, Theater for Youth producing director at Main Street Theater, tells us. “It is a great opportunity for parents to read the book with their children and discuss some of the themes. Too often we don’t give kids credit for their ideas. Jonas is a great example of a young person who challenges his world around him and decides he wants to change it.

“We always want our audiences to leave having enjoyed a great theatrical performance,” St. John continues. “We also want the students to further their understanding of the story by seeing the characters come to life onstage. It is not necessary to read the book first before seeing the play. The play is a complete story. But we always recommend students to read the book first, as it will definitely add and deepen their experience.”

The Giver touches on provocative topics such as genocide and infanticide and is recommended for students who are at least in the fourth grade.

1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays. Through February 15. 4617 Montrose. For information, call 713-524-6706 or visit mainstreettheater.com. $13 to $17.
Saturdays, 1 & 4 p.m. Starts: Jan. 25. Continues through Feb. 15, 2014

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