Grandson Daniel, a young Savannah actor and singer, a few summers ago got to be part of the Southern Summer Theatre Institute (SSTI) performance of Tuck Everlasting. A play adapted from the 2002 Disney movie of the same title. It was performed at Hilton Head High School, on Hilton Head Island, just over the bridge from Savannah. Because it was so close being “Granddads”, Neal and I got to pick Daniel drop him off, hang out for a while at HHI and attended two evening performances.
Did I mention that Daniel was in middle school performing in a High School Summer play that he had to audition for? Did I mention that high school students from all over southeastern coast had to audition? Ok, last one. Did I mention that the SSTI’s Ben Wolfe (producer) brought in New York Broadway director and choreographer Joe Barros? Yea, look him up (instagram).
All the designs on the umbrellas were hand painted by actors!
The play focuses on the what is “gained” or “lost” by having eternal life while time moves forward with everyone else. Colorful umbrellas are the backdrop of the beautiful story and set. They are used to symbolize the passage of time: youth, adulthood, love, marriage, life and death. Umbrellas and passed from person to person and black umbrellas denote death.
Daniel’s character is the son to one other brothers who never age. But he nor his mother doesn’t get the gift and they too die.
Even the villain gets his own yellow (golden) umbrella ensemble.
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