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It started when I walked in the theater (to see a live stage adaptation of “The Giver”). It seemed like I had simply entered a completely different world. There were gray backdrops and floors, gray furniture, gray chairs, gray everything. There was no color. Everything in the theater seemed to add to the effect, even the costumes.
Imagine a world without color, without hunger, and without pain. This is the futuristic world of “The Giver,” written by Lois Lowry. But now, this wonderful classic is brought to life on the Childsplay stage.
Lois Lowry’s name may not ring a bell right away, but certainly you (or your child) knows one of her many books.
One of the great things about living in the East Valley is the wealth of kid-friendly theater options at our fingertips.
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