Emerson Alternative High School students got to experience what it’s like to have literature come to life; that’s because the American Place Theatre Company is in Idaho Falls performing “The Giver;” a Newberry Award winning novel the students are reading.
The Idaho Falls arts council has invited the American Place Theatre Company to Idaho Falls and they kicked off their performance of “The Giver” at Emerson Alternative High School.
“It’s about a 60 minute performance verbatim with the book, and then we have 3 workshops to be working with the students on the concepts in the book” said Gina Stevenson the Development Director for the Idaho Falls Arts Council.
“I love having them here it’s been a wonderful experience, a lot of our students have just never been to live theatre so it’s completely new to them and so it’s wonderful” said English teacher Korbin Cook.
The book The Giver was written in 1994 and was banned from many high schools throughout the nation.
“We always try to align these books with a local school and we really wanted to identify with an age group which this book is appropriate for, and high school and older junior high kids, absolutely appropriate for, but the concepts of this book, of creating a utopia, this was just a great group of kids to bring those concepts to” continued Stevenson.
“It got a lot of them thinking because a lot of them haven’t really considered society, oh how do we make laws, why are laws made, who does that? And so it’s just a lot of critical thinking about things like that because I just don’t’ think they’ve ever faced it before” continued Cook.
The American Place Theatre actors will be here Thursday as well.
“The Giver” will be performed this evening at the Willard Arts Center at 7:30. Tickets are $45 and include a dessert bar.