Forman's Theater department raised the bar and challenged students and our community with a complex and at times' rather serious play.
Fifteen-year-old math whiz Christopher Boone lives with his divorced dad in Swindon, a working-class town west of London. After being falsely accused of killing a neighbor's dog, Christopher—who is brilliant but has difficulty dealing with the sounds and stresses of everyday life—decides to investigate the crime. The secrets he unearths prompt him to leave his trusted teacher and the familiar streets of his hometown for a life-changing train trip to London. Based on Mark Haddon's best-selling 2003 novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a thrilling and heartwarming adventure story featuring an unforgettable young hero.
The superb cast was led by Jack Clark '19 as Christopher Boone, Rene Burkert '19 as his teacher Siobhan, Ahlon Harkness '19 as Chris' father, and Molly Reinhardt '19 as Chris' mother. The cast was supported by excellent sound and stage design that consistently complemented the work of the actors and supported the play wonderfully.
Director Tammy Grella was grateful to work with such a dedicated and talented cast and crew.
"I think there was doubt, given the complexity of this show, that it could be pulled off with any success," says Grella. "These kids never cease to amaze me with how they rise to meet a challenge. They weren't just successful...they were inspiring!"
The last line of the play has the lead character, Christopher, asking his teacher, Siobhan, if everything he endured throughout the course of the play meant that he could do anything.
The audience is left to believe that the answer, of course, is yes. I don't think there could be a more fitting end to the show.