The Book of Everything is written by Richard Tulloch and is based on a book of the same name written by Guus Kuijer. The show follows a nine-year-old boy living in a religious household in post-World War II Amsterdam.
“I play Thomas Klopper,” lead actor Korey Sayre said. “I’m most excited about everybody seeing Thomas’s world and all the magic and all of the fun stuff that comes out of his brain.”
Thomas has an overactive imagination and sees the world through a colorful lens. He sees tropical fish dancing through the canals, magnificent hailstorms, and an invasion of frogs, but he also witnesses the violence of his father and the pain left over in a city recently haunted by war.
“I think this show is important because it shows a very heavy story in a very heartfelt way and you get to see the love of a child and how imagination can take you out of the mundane and terrible circumstances that you can find yourself in,” director Annie Robertson said.
Despite dealing with heavy themes, the show remains colorful through doses of humor and vibrant design choices.
“The story is all being told by a nine year old, and the script can let us forget that, so the set reminds us constantly,” Robertson remarked.
The Book of Everything is originally only meant to have a cast of around eight to twelve people. In this production, there is a sizable and heavily involved ensemble helping create the environment of Thomas’s world.
“I think that educational theatre should always be about inclusion and letting students shine,” Robertson said. “There is not a single person involved in this show that doesn’t shine, and I’m just happy to be able to give them that opportunity.”
Below is the flier for the show, created by freshman Judee Corvina.
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