Sharing a Timeless Story On Stage
By Christine Bartkowski
As a child, the world seems so wide and mysterious, so full of choices. Grandparents, parents, and caretakers of curious young people want to teach them to make decisions that will keep them safe. In the play TUCK EVERLASTING, on stage at Dallas Children’s Theater from March 22 – April 7, a young girl named Winnie Foster learns how important it is to put trust in the right people and that the value of family is insurmountable.
TUCK EVERLASTING tells the story of Winnie Foster as she suddenly finds herself faced with keeping one family’s shocking secret one summer morning. What she encounters at the foot of a magnificent tree in the woods on her family’s land brings her face to face with monumental life choices. She must learn to trust herself and the Tuck family, and make a decision that could change her life forever.
Despite the years that pass, these themes of trust and the value of family remain just as important as ever. When the novel was published in 1975, children immediately fell in love with this story about the cycle of life. Now their children read it, and their children’s children read it. Even though times have changed since Natalie Babbitt first wrote this classic story, it continues to be retold throughout different generations. Why? Because regardless of what year it is children will always be forced to make tough decisions, and they will always need help from the people they trust.
“In our evolving society and technology, young people have a lot of complicated situations that they’re put into, and choices and decisions they have to make,” said Artie Olaisen, director of TUCK EVERLASTING. “I hope that within this show, as they watch Winnie wrestle with some very big feelings and decisions, they might find her to be a thoughtful and relevant role model.”
When you get older, you often find that the world is just as wide and mysterious as you thought it was during childhood. Unfortunately, there is no age where you hit a peak of expertise, but as we age and learn we can hope to become a role model to our loved ones and provide them with experiences that they can look to for guidance. No, you can’t protect children from everything; but they can use the lessons they learn from you and the ones they see characters go through on stage to develop their own opinions. Life holds a lot of mysteries for both children and adults; at least we can all try to figure it out together.
TUCK EVERLASTING is recommended for children ages 10 and up. The show runs from March 22 – April 7, 2019 at DCT. Tickets available at dct.org/plays or call 214-740-0051.