Students from Concordia University, Nebraska will perform a play adaptation of Jack London’s book “The Call of the Wild” for the Seward Middle School at 2:15 p.m. on Feb. 11. The public is invited to attend the two other showings of the play at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Seward Memorial Library and at 7 p.m. on Feb. 13 in the Thom Leadership Education Center auditorium at Concordia.
Concordia students Stephanie Wilde and Ben Leeper adapted this play from the book to showcase a young dog’s life in the wild and touch on the themes of greed, abuse and hope in the book.
“I am excited to see this done as a play adaptation of the book I remember reading when I was young,” Wilde said.
A brief time for discussion will follow each performance.
The production is part of The Big Read project in Seward, a series of reading events focused on London’s book. The Big Read is funded by a $4,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts awarded to the Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival, Friends of Seward Library, Seward Memorial Library and Chapters Books & Gifts.
The cast of “The Call of the Wild” includes:
- Cameron Christiansen, sophomore, Palmer, Ark.
- Collin Christiansen, senior, Palmer, Alaska
- Bethany Williams, senior, Aurora, Colo.
- Ben Leeper, junior, Falcon, Colo.
- Allison Caudle, sophomore, Greeley, Colo.
- Conner Lloyd, senior, Parker, Colo.
- Libby Klein, sophomore, Northfield, Minn.
- Stephanie Wilde, senior, Parkers Prairie, Minn.
- Chris Genszler, freshman, St. Louis, Mo.
- Marol Feickert, sophomore, Lawrenceville, N.J.
- Amber Hopp, sophomore, Elkhorn, Neb.
- Caleb Haack, junior, Omaha, Neb.
- Tyler Raabe, freshman, Omaha, Neb.
- Clyde Ericson, sophomore, Osceola, Neb.
- Ian Hendrickson, freshman, Seward, Neb.
- Melonie Kotschwar, junior, Seward, Neb.
- Taylor Rankel, freshman, Spring, Texas