The Neverending Story - Opening January 30



Thirty midcoast students, grades 3 to 8, are spending their winter afternoons in rehearsal for a one-act version of “The Neverending Story,” based on the novel by Michael Ende, adapted by David S. Craig. 

Co-Directors Griff Braley (Heartwood AD) and Heidi Kopishke (Great Salt Bay Teacher) are leading this 2nd annual Heartwood / AOS93 collaboration.  Students primarily hail from GSB, but also from homeschool situations, Juniper Hill, Nobleboro Central, Bristol Consolidated and Camden Middle School.  Full technical support comes from Heartwood’s tech director, Letitia Munson, local artists Mary Boothby and Alex Braley, and the help of numerous parents of involved students.

In a land devoured by The Nothing, only one boy can save everything.   All he must do is believe in Fantastica, believe in imagination and believe in himself.

Hiding in the attic of his school, Bastian begins to read a story of great adventure, and, unseen to him, the story begins to unfold.  The Land of Fantastica is in danger, as The Nothing engulfs everything in its path. The Childlike Empress chooses an unlikely hero, Atreyu, a boy of Bastian’s age, to venture on a quest to save their world. In a surprising turn of events, however, it is not Atreyu who is the hero, but Bastian, whose belief and action saves Fantastica.   Along the way, a wonderful array of characters appear, including Falkor the Luck Dragon, Artax the horse, Morla the Turtle, and Gmork, the werewolf. 

The entire Great Salt Bay student body will enjoy school-time performances in the Parker B. Poe Theater at Lincoln Academy, on January 30 and 31, with funding from the GSB PTO. 

Three public performances will wind up this adventure on January 30 and 31 at 7:00pm and January 31 at 2:00pm.  Reservations are strongly recommended.

This program is made possible, in part, by Heartwood’s season sponsor, Bath Savings Institution, and youth programming sponsors: Damariscotta Hardware, The First, Cheney Insurance and Newcastle Square Realty. 

Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

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