On November 20, join us as we continue our rolling anniversary party at Wheelock Family Theatre's production of THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN! There will be a pre-show reception celebrating StageSource. Ticket discounts available for members will be included on the enews! The Show is at 7:30, and the reception is at 6:30.
"The Trumpet of the Swan" has superior qualities… it is most spacious and serene… imbued with the author's sense of the precious instinctual heritage represented by wild nature. Settles into a joy-ride through the gentle terrain of the highly unlikely.
-John Updike, NYTimes Book Review, 1970
The Trumpet of the Swan
Adapted by Joseph Robinette from the book by E. B. White. Directed by Shelley Bolman. Scenic design by Mac Young. Lighting design by Annie Wiegand. Costume design by Kaitee Tredway.
With Elbert Joseph as Louis and Samil Battenfeld, Danny Bolton*, Jamie Carillo*, Ceci Cipullo, Jordan Clark, Margaret Clark, Kai Clifton, Kippy Goldfarb*, Natalie Hall, Hope Johnson, Emma Kahn, Caroline Lawton*, Cliff Odle*, Charlotte Palmucci, Charlotte Peed*, Gabrielle Popa, Arianna Reith, Jeraldy Rivera, Samuel L. Warton, and Sebastian Wood as Sam Beaver.
*Members of AEA.
Can a brass horn be the key to love? Louis, a trumpeter swan, is different from his sibling cygnets, for he was born without voice. When he falls in love with the regal swan, Serena, he is unable to woo her with his grand trumpeting call. Sam Beaver, a human friend, takes Louis to school thinking the swan just needs to learn how to read and write. Unfortunately the other swans on the pond do not know how to read and continue to question this swan’s differentness. Louis's father tries to help too; seeking out and impulsively stealing a brass trumpet. (This criminal act is unfortunate). Despite these conflicts, with great diligence, patience, and resilience, Louis learns to play the instrument and communicate his thoughts and feelings through the power of music. Eventually his technique soars and Louis wins Serena's heart. E. B. White’s award-winning story is inspired by the natural world and our own very human need to connect and to communicate.
The performance will run 1:45, and this includes a 15 minute intermission. The story is recommended for adults, teens, ‘tweens, youth, and children 6+ This performance will offer American Sign Language interpretation for patrons who are Deaf and an audio-description for patrons who are low-vision or blind. The performance will be open captioned. Braille and large format playbills available upon request. The theatre is wheelchair accessible.
Elbert Joseph (EJ), a Deaf, Caribbean-American actor passionately devoted to theatre, has turned a moment in the audience at an ASL interpreted production of Peter Pan into a career. EJ first appeared with the cast of The Wizard of Oz when he was twelve years old. He also became the Theatre’s first Deaf ASL interpreter for Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. He trained as a member of WFT’s PAH! Deaf Youth Theatre and went on to appear on the Wheelock main stage in numerous productions, including Alice, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Pippi Longstocking, and The Wizard of Oz. EJ has worked locally with Central Square and ART, and was seen last season in the lead role of Tuc in Suzan Zeder’s The Ware Trilogy (co-produced by WFT, Emerson Stage, and Central Square). EJ has worked as an ASL performer with Broadway in Boston and is a WFT teaching artist at the Horace Mann School.