| Amarillo Globe-Information
Amarillo Little Theatre’s upcoming manufacturing of “The Curious Incident of the Canine within the Nighttime” would be the firm’s first manufacturing on the mainstage this season in the course of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
However this manufacturing may even have one other first – with the actors performing behind a see-through display, projecting varied photographs on the stage in the course of the manufacturing.
In keeping with ALT’s web site, “The Curious Incident of the Canine within the Nighttime” follows 15-year-old Christopher, an autistic boy who goes on a journey searching for out who killed his neighbor’s canine, Wellington.
ALT’s manufacturing begins with a efficiency at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. There will probably be performances at eight p.m. Oct. 23-24 and Oct. 30-31 in addition to at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1. All performances will probably be on the theater’s mainstage, situated at 2019 Civic Circle.
Allen Shankles, the director of the manufacturing, mentioned this Tony Award-winning present is without doubt one of the most extremely technical exhibits that has been produced at ALT.
“It has plenty of lights and sound,” Shankles mentioned. “It’s a couple of 15-year-old boy who has autism that’s attempting to unravel the homicide of a neighborhood canine. As he begins this journey, he finally ends up going to London by himself to search out his mom. He makes big strides in his personal private improvement and accomplishes his objectives and builds some confidence … Within the autistic world, the sensory notion may be very heightened. I wished this to have very robust lighting and sound. We’ve received video projections. They give the impression of being three dimensional coming off of this factor. It’s going to blow individuals’s minds.”
To tug off the projections, the theater needed to buy a 12X28 display product, Shankles mentioned. He expects the theater to make use of this expertise for upcoming productions as nicely, together with ALT’s upcoming manufacturing of “The Wizard of Oz.”
The lights and sound are aimed for the viewers to get a glimpse into what the primary character, Christopher, goes by each day. Tre Butcher, who performs the primary character, mentioned.
Butcher mentioned it was scary for him auditioning and subsequently making ready for the manufacturing.
“Fairly actually, it was fairly scary getting into as a result of clearly, you don’t need to do something to offend anyone,” he mentioned. “Undoubtedly, once I was studying the script previous to the audition, I used to be like what can I try this’s going to make it plausible and on the identical time, respect the character and respect individuals with autism. That was positively my greatest fear and nonetheless, one thing I fear about all through the entire rehearsal course of.”
However in every rehearsal, when Butcher steps behind the display on stage, he mentioned it serves as “his field,” making him be enveloped in his character. Via this embodiment, Butcher has discovered so much.
“I’ve discovered that everyone is an individual, you realize what I imply. He goes by struggles similar to every other particular person so I believe what I’ve discovered is that you simply shouldn’t have a look at these individuals otherwise,” Butcher mentioned. “Christopher is a shiny, shiny child. He simply sees the world otherwise than most individuals. That doesn’t make him completely different. It doesn’t make him not human. He’s nonetheless a human being. He nonetheless deserves respect.”
Emmy Estes, an actor who performs Judy within the manufacturing, believes this distinctive strategy to the manufacturing will assist carry consciousness to autism.
“I believe it’s going to go an extended option to present the chaoticness that’s within the autistic thoughts,” she mentioned. “I believe it’s innovative stuff and it’s going to be actually, actually neat.”
Zeke Lewis, an actor who performs the character of Ed within the manufacturing, mentioned this is a crucial story to inform typically.
“I really feel like autism type of will get slipped beneath the radar as not as fascinating or as flashy a situation as somebody might need, and truly illustrating it from the angle of an autistic character may be very eye-opening,” he mentioned.
Butcher hopes this manufacturing helps function an escape from the real-world for viewers members.
“Rising up, theater was at all times an ideal escape for me. This present is so emotionally pushed, and there are some humorous moments in it. It’s simply going to assist individuals escape from what’s happening in the true world for just a little bit,” Butcher mentioned. “I believe that’s the primary (purpose) why individuals ought to come see it, come to flee for just a little bit. Escape into Christopher’s world, fear about Christopher’s worries and overlook about your personal.”
COVID-19 protocols will probably be in place for viewers members who attend a efficiency of this manufacturing, together with the implementation of masking and social distancing. For extra details about the present, and to buy tickets, go to https://www.amarillolittletheatre.org/current-show/.