'The Giver' opens Thursday, March 7 at Yosemite High School

-- Yosemite High correspondentMarch 6, 2013 

Yosemite High School's latest stage production, "The Giver," opens its three night run tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at the YHS Theater.

The play, directed by senior Emma Madsen for her Senior Project, is based on the science fiction novel by Lois Lowry set in a utopian society where everything is the same.

The play follows a 12-year-old boy, Jonas, played by junior Chance McGee, who is assigned by Chief Elder (senior Maggie Brewer), to be the "receiver of memory." That person is responsible for storing all the past memories of time before Sameness. This assignment is unlike the ones given to his friends Asher (junior Jordan Rose) or Fiona (junior Kaitlyn Sikora).

As part of the assignment, the previous receiver, "The Giver," played by junior Ben Hartesveldt, must transmit these memories to Jonas. Through the memories, Jonas learns the power of knowledge and questions the world he lives in including his family, his father, played by senior Scott Smith, his mother played by Madsen, and his little sister played by senior Stephanie Brown.

"The Giver" faces a dilemma: Should he stay with his community, his family living in a shallow life without color, choices and knowledge, or should he run away to where he can live a full life?

Proceeds from the play will benefit Walk for Autism.

Details: "The Giver." 7 p.m., March 7, 8 and 9. YHS Theatre. Admission $5. (559)760-2873.

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