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The Giver

2010 Festival

Pam Berlin

Music Director
Vadim Feichtner

Stanley Bahorek, Vivienne Cleary, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Jaimie Kelton, Justin Keyes, Terrence Mann, Mike Masters, Heather Matarazzo, Eliseo Roman and Hannah Sielatycki

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 4
Number of Principals (Female): 3
Preferred Ensemble Size: 4
Total Cast Size: 11
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12-year-old Jonas lives in a perfect world, without pain, conflict or loneliness. But after being assigned to carry the memories of life before “Sameness,” an ability learned from a mysterious man called the Giver, Jonas must choose between his perfect community and a world that contains both beauty and pain.

Development History

The Giver was given a two-week developmental workshop by Theatreworks/USA in 2006, followed by an additional week of developmental work in 2007. CAP21 sponsored a series of table readings in 2008 and 2009, followed by a concert reading in 2009.

Festival Successes

Readings at Festival of New American Musicals (CA), Central Pennsylvania Arts Festival (PA), TheatreWorks (CA) and Village Theatre (WA) in 2011.