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KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Theatre at IU Kokomo presents its fall production, "The Giver," a play based on the award-winning novel by Lois Lowry.

The performances take place in Havens Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m., and Friday, Nov. 2 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $3.

This play serves as the culmination of the T483 capstone course for 11 students, who are working on publicity, backstage work, assistant directing, and acting.

Emilee Benge, student director of the play, is excited for the performances.

"We have worked really hard on this production and have worked to build up the theatre program here at IU Kokomo," said Emilee Benge, student director of the play. "We are ready to show the campus and community what we are all about."

More than 450 local elementary and middle school students are scheduled to attend the two matinee performances on November 2.

Sarah Ferenc, publicity director for the production, explains "The Giver" is included in the state's curriculum for school-aged children.

"It will be fascinating for the students who've read this novel to see it come alive," Ferenc said.

Reserved seats are available for the matinees by calling ahead. Contact Sarah Ferenc at (765) 419-5049 or sferenc@iuk.edu for more information. Tickets will be held at will call on November 2, and available at the door on November 1.

"The Giver," adapted by Eric Coble, is set in a society of sameness. Everything is under control and safe, there is no war or fear of pain, and there are no choices. Joann Kaiser, lecturer in communication arts and director of the play, chose this production based on the genre, which is becoming increasingly popular due to the best-selling novel, "The Hunger Games."

"I know the novel is well-known, and wanted to do something different within the department. Everyone has done such a great job accepting the challenges and making this a quality production," Kaiser said.

For more information please contact Joann Kaiser at (765) 455-9558 or jskaiser@iuk.edu.

Story written by Mary Olk. Mary is a student writer for the Office of Media and Marketing.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.