Lafayette Theatre Academy Presents: The Giver
As part of Lafayette Society for Performing Arts’ (LSPA) 2020-2021 season schedule, Lafayette Theatre Academy (LTA) presents The Giver, directed by Amy Guinn McDow. Performances are March 25, 26, and 27 at 7:30PM at LTC’s Black Box Theatre, located at 214 Bull Street in downtown LaGrange. The Giver is sponsored by Kemp’s Dalton West Flooring and Pretty Good Books and is produced in special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, IL.
The Giver, Eric Coble’s stage adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newbery-Award-winning book, is set in a futuristic community where there is no pain, conflict, worry… or choice. As part of society’s role assignment, Jonas is assigned the special role of Receiver of Memories. He begins working with the Giver, who stores the memories of the old world—of violence, fear and struggle—but also of joy and love. Together, Jonas and the Giver devise a plan that will shake the community’s commitment to ‘Sameness’.
Lafayette Theatre Academy’s mission is to nourish and enrich students’ creative talents in all areas and genres of theatre. “Musicals and comedies sharpen particular skill sets, but The Giver allows us to push our students dramatically,” explains Director Amy McDow. “With The Giver, we basically had a literature class at rehearsal—dissecting the piece, the characters, hidden meanings and unspoken thoughts—it was one of my favorite rehearsals so far! Approaching the script of a drama is an intensive process and teaches our students important acting nuances.”
“Every time I play Larissa or Rosemary, I feel truly alive,” says Cassie Ellison, a sophomore and LTA student and cast member. “They’re two very different people, but to me they’re growing part of me. Larissa is strong and confident, which is a challenge for me since I’m not all that confident, while Rosemary is quiet and conveys her feelings through her facial expressions, which pushes me on stage. Despite the challenges of the characters, I know I can play them because I believe in myself. Larissa is strong, therefore I will be strong. Rosemary is a beautiful tragedy, therefore in that moment, I will be. Playing these characters has helped me grow as an actor and as a person and I’m so blessed to be playing them!”
Set in the future, LTA’s The Giver is a multimedia presentation. Through the use of graphics, projections and various other special effects, the show engages the audience with imaginative and entrancing scenes. As part of the production, audience members are invited to participate in trivia before the show begins. The winner of trivia will receive an area rug, courtesy of the show’s sponsor, Kemp’s Dalton West Flooring.
Tickets for The Giver can be purchased individually ($18 adults/$13 students) or as tables of four seats, each for $75. Tickets can be purchased online at www.lsparts.org, by emailing [email protected] or by calling LSPA at (706)882-9909 during business hours. To accommodate for each show’s custom seating chart, tickets will be served on a first come, first serve basis in accordance to COVID-19 regulations. Seating for this event will be limited to 52 tickets per show.
Masks are required for this performance and will also be worn by the cast, crew, and staff. The house opens one hour before performances. Guests are invited to bring food or drinks to enjoy before the show. Concessions are available at each show. Alcohol will not be sold for this show, but guests are welcome to bring their own.
About Lafayette Theatre Academy
The mission of the Lafayette Theatre Academy (LTA) is to provide a safe and supportive environment for students, of all ages, to express their individuality and creativity, while gaining the knowledge and developing the skills necessary to succeed in all areas of the theatrical arts.
About Lafayette Society for Performing Arts
The Lafayette Society for Performing Arts is a non-profit organization geared toward promoting cultural awareness, artistic expression and an appreciation of the performing arts through a wide array of organizations and services for all ages. Since its inception in 1981, the LSPA has become the performing arts center of LaGrange, Troup County and the Greater West Georgia area.