Rose Lehrman Arts Center

the boy who stole the stars

Directed by Paul R. Foltz

the boy who stole the stars

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The HACC Film and Theatre program is excited to once again offer live, in-person performances! Our first production of the season will be our Theatre for Young People presentation of the boy who stole the stars by Julian Wiles.

A young boy discovers his grandfather is dying. The old man's behavior is different; he's short-tempered and no longer tells his wonderful stories. The boy enlists the grandfather's aid in helping him with a school project—counting the stars. Their togetherness seems to renew the old man's interest and he begins telling stories, one of them about the dragon in the sky. The dragon, he explains, is there to guard the stars. An old legend says that should the stars be returned to earth; it would mean a new paradise with no unhappiness, no death. Hearing this, the boy goes off to slay the dragon and return the stars to earth, seeking a means of keeping his grandfather from dying. At play's end, the youngster comes to understand how important he is to his grandfather. "I don't need to live forever," says the old man. "I need you. I need you to care about me."

"It steals the audience and steals hearts," wrote a critic when this warm and moving play opened at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. Under the direction of Paul R. Foltz, the production features Brendan Shanahan as Nicholas and Mel McKay as the grandfather. The rest of the cast includes Sadé Smith, Daytona Walsh, Sarah Murphy, April Bennett, and a dragon!