Hillsboro High School will be performing A Wrinkle in Time at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 24-25 at the Hillsboro Middle High School auditorium. The story is adapted for the stage by Morgan Gould from the book of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle.
It is a sci-fi fantasy story about three kids that go on a journey through time and space. Meg Murry seeks to find and rescue her father, with help from her brother Charles Wallace Murry and their new friend, Calvin O’Keefe. They are aided on their journey by Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Who. The children quickly learn there is much more at stake, as a dark force seeks to take over the universe.
“A Wrinkle in Time is a different style of show than we’ve done before in my tenure as director of the spring play at Hillsboro High School. This is a show that has presented new, unique challenges, and yet the cast has embraced them from day one. It has an “Ensemble” that serves in part like a chorus from classic Greek theatre. The story also requires showing mysterious creatures, distant planets, and rapid travel through time and space. We hope audiences engage their imaginations, embrace the journey of the story and enjoy the show,” said Director Leah Rose. “I believe it is worth it.”
The cast includes Rylie Driggers, Colton Rempel, Angus Duell, Luke Isaac, Ainsley Duell, Paige Gehring, Alana Suderman, D’myia Cox, Kaysie Rader, Cole Moss, Nora Hein, Ben Werner, Jaidyn Frantz, Abi Benda, Claudia Soo Hoo, Alivia Hefley, Autumn Eldridge, Brody Arnold, Grace Hein, Gabbie Arnold, Gabi Sibayan, Addison Jost and Maylee Hardey. Students in the crew are Karley Loewen, Trudy Hein, Adrian Unruh, Kamryn Gooch, Makenna Reed, Tylee Miller and Josh Horton.
Rose said, “I hope people walk away clinging to the messages of hope in the show. In her afterward for the 50th-anniversary edition of A Wrinkle in Time, Charlotte Jones Voiklis, granddaughter of Madeleine L’Engle and executor of her estate, shared some thoughts that have stuck with me. ‘My grandmother gave us protagonists who are heroic not in spite of their imperfections, but because of them. For the most part, Meg and Calvin are pretty ordinary, and yet they have the capacity and the strength to make difficult choices, help each other, and save the universe. After all, how many of us are going to discover that we have magical powers or were actually born demigods? Nevertheless, we all might discover one day that we are called to accept our faults, risk being vulnerable, and in the course of things, overcome darkness.”
Tickets may be purchased at www.usd410.net.