The Giver

"An absorbing production that asks both children and adults compelling questions about how we want our world to be." -The Oregonian

The Giver

January 11-20, 2019
Helgeson Learning Lab, Waite Park

Drama based on young adult literature

Adapted by Eric Coble
From the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry

Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. When Jonas turns twelve he is chosen to train with The Giver—the keeper of the community's collective memories. For the first time he experiences the feeling of love, as well as the pain of hunger, loneliness, and disease that the community has suppressed. Jonas must decide if eradicating pain is worth sacrificing joy.

Friday, January 11th at 7:30pm
Saturday, January 12th at 2:00pm
Sunday, January 13th at 2:00pm
Friday, January 18th at 7:30pm*
Saturday, January 19th at 2:00pm
Sunday, January 20th at 2:00pm

*American Sign Language Interpreted Performance

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Aaron Trompeter, BA, MSEd


APPROPRIATE FOR: While appropriate for all ages, it will be most enjoyed by fifth grade and up (and those who love science fiction.)


  • Adapted from the Newbery Award-winning book written in 1993 by Lois Lowry, it was also made into a movie in 2014 that grossed over $67 million dollars.

  • Music popstar Taylor Swift has a cameo in the film where she appeared with a brown wig on to “erase her popstar look.”

  • Lois Lowry chose to write The Giver as a dystopian novel because it was the most effective means to communicate her dissatisfaction with the lack of awareness that human beings have about their interdependence with each other, their environment, and their world. Dystopia is a term used to describe an imaginary society in which people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives.

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.