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Wolfpack Theatre presents a poignant, coming-of-age story

| January 6, 2022 12:00 AM

The Wolfpack Theatre Company at Glacier High School presents the thought-provoking and poignant drama “Walk Two Moons” Jan. 10 and 11. Curtain time is 6:33 p.m. in the Wolfpack Theatre at Glacier High School.

Tickets are available at the GHS Main Office and Photo Video Plus, and are $7 for adults and $5 for children, students and senior citizens. Any remaining tickets will also be sold at the door.

Set in modern day, 13-year-old Sal sets out on a cross country road trip with her grandparents to confront her mother, who left her and her father a year ago. During the long trip, Sal begins to share stories and memories, mainly of her friend Phoebe whose mom disappeared and the next door neighbor who may have bodies buried in the backyard.

As she begins the various narratives, the stories are enacted onstage, often with Sal “stepping out” of the car and “stepping into” the action of the stories. Through storytelling and flashbacks to the past, Sal’s own painful memories and feelings of abandonment come to the surface and she begins to truly understand why her mother left and ultimately realizes things — and people — are not always what they seem.

"It is a coming-of-age story filled with mystery, humor and love,” director Greg Adkins said. “The book is so well known, especially among the elementary and middle school age readers. I thought it was the perfect play for this class, with an important message for our audiences and especially our cast."

The various tales Sal shares bring laughter, tears, suspense as well as the great reminder, “Don't judge a man until you've walked two moons in his moccasins.” The story allows the audience to see not only how Sal is processing her mother’s absence, but also how she accepts it.

“Walk Two Moons” is adapted for the stage by Tom Avertis with the same sentiment and surprises offered by the original, bestselling book by Newbery Medal-winning novelist, Sharon Creech.

“Walk Two Moons” is presented by the Acting and Stage Production class at GHS, which helps students to further develop their character portrayal skills and the discipline required of an actor through monologues and ensemble performances, along with the full play production process. The fairly large cast is made up of both newcomers and veterans of the Wolfpack Theatre Company.

The cast includes Sal, played by Zephy Hanson; Annabeth Henke, Zach Lapke, Kayanna Kapity, Gabby Cantrell-Musson, Mac Adkins, Kiya Warner, Opal Besaw, Alexa Wilton, Maeve Kintzler, Dustin Wolcott, Fiona Fuller, Kailie Owens, Anastacia Wood, Bryce Crane, Ash Green, Paige Baird, Andrea Chandler, Kenzie Nordness, Plum and Madeline Deuel.

The technical crew includes Aysha McCubbins, Erik Kalvig, Zaden Stout, Ollie Quien, Lane McKoy, Bridgett Meskis, Gabby LeDuc and Maddie Sturmer.