The Lower School community was treated to an original theater piece performed by Upper School theater students based on the children's book Steve, Raised by Wolves by Jared Chapman at a recent assembly. Theater Director in Residence Stan Cahill worked with three students from his Performance Lab class, Maggie Madani '20, Kat Lytkowski '20, and Connor McIntyre '19, to create an original children's play based on the book, which the students found in the LS Library.
First, Mr. Cahill shared the book with the audience, and then the performance began. The actors were full of energy and charm, and the LS students seemed mesmerized by the story of a boy raised by wolves heading off to school for the first time and learning lessons on how to "behave with the humans." With props like a pet hamster, a makeshift bus (the performers were able to get the crowd to join in on few rounds of "The Wheels of the Bus") and, memorably, a toilet seat, the Lower School students were thoroughly engaged and delighted by the performance. Immediately following the performance, Mr. Cahill asked students to share how the performance differed from the book in a perfectly appropriate post-show Q&A.
In a conversation after the performance of Steve, Raised by Wolves, Mr. Cahill shared that he loved doing this kind of "small scale" theater: immediate and intimate. "I tell my performers that you find out very quickly if your the piece is working or not!" By all accounts Steve, Raised by Wolves definitely worked. Here are some photos from this morning's performance.