Monday, May 13, 2013

Lord of the Flies—Union Theatre Players—Union High School—Camas, WA

The Devil Made Us Do It!

This classic, 1950’s novel by William Golding has been adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams.  It is performed by high school students under the direction of Katie Stevenson.  It is unique, in that it has an all-female cast and an all-male cast, performing on alternate nights.  The play runs through May 18th at 7 pm.

The novel was written post-WWII and during the Cold War/Red Scare era of the 50’s.  Needless to say, the message it delivers is ironic, and not a pleasant one.  Two rather good films have been made from it, about 30 years apart.  What would a group do if stranded on an island in the middle of an ocean for an extended period of time?  The very good TV series, Lost, offered one possible scenario and, I suppose, you’d have to consider the very silly, Gillian’s Island, too.  And, also, the family values inherent in Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson, is another consideration.

Read more at SW WA Stage & Theater Arts Review,

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