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“A Wrinkle in Time” – A Classic Come to Life on Stage

In Uncategorized on April 29, 2012 at 10:27 am

There are so many movies that have been adapted from books, but how many theatre productions can say the same? I don’t know the answer to that, but I would imagine the answer would be, “a lot!”

I had the chance to see A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle last night at Youth Theatre Northwest on Mercer Island.  I hadn’t read the book since I was in the sixth grade, so before I went to see the show, I reread the book… it was as delightful to read in adulthood as it was when I was in middle school.

Director, Kate Swenson, and a cast of talented young actors, made the classic tale come to life on stage.

Swenson says, “A Wrinkle In Time was almost never published. It dared to combine science fiction and fantasy; it was written by a woman and featured a girl as the main character; and it dealt with deep subject matter like death, religion, and identity.  What kid would read something like that?  Well, I know quite a few nerdy, bespectacled girls who loved Meg and her adventures. I was certainly one of them, and for me it was much more than a fictional escape, it changed the way I viewed the world and myself.

 Long after it was published the book continued to polarize. It was banned and it was celebrated. Madeline L’Engle was a pioneer in many ways, and the rich diversity in fiction available for young readers today is thanks in part to her vision. But all those things aside, we are still talking about A Wrinkle In Time today because it’s a really good story.”

You can see A Wrinkle in Time at Youth Theatre Northwest in Mercer Island, Washington. (Just minutes from Seattle and the Eastside.) The theatre is family friendly and admission is inexpensive. (About the same cost as going to see a movie.) Visit www.youththeatre.org for tickets and information.

That brings me to the question, what favorite book would you like to see come to life on stage? Chances are you’ll be able to find your pick on stage at a theatre near you.

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