Oscar Wilde’s classic children’s story about a Selfish Giant who wouldn’t share his beautiful garden becomes a joyous play that touches on themes of friendship and heart-changing faith. The Selfish Giant comes home from a long trip to find children playing in his garden. He kicks them out, threatening to bring them to justice for trespassing. But a harsh winter-in the form of comic characters Frost, Snow, Hail and North Wind-brings the realization to the giant that the children who used to trespass in his garden implanted friendship in this special place. The Giant’s heart melts in a life-changing moment, and spring, along with the children, returns to his garden.
In a town where a lot of poor people suffer, a swallow who was left behind after his flock flew off to Egypt for the winter meets the statue of the late "Happy Prince", who in reality has never experienced true happiness. Viewing various scenes of people suffering in poverty from his tall monument, the Happy Prince asks the swallow to take the ruby from his hilt, the sapphires from his eyes, and the golden leaf covering his body to give to the poor. As the winter comes and the Happy Prince is stripped of all of his beauty, his lead heart breaks when the swallow dies as a result of his selfless deeds. The statue is then torn down and melted leaving behind the broken heart and the dead swallow. These are taken up to heaven by an angel that has deemed them the two most precious things in the city by God, so they may live forever in his city of gold and garden of paradise.
Production dates are Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14 and then Friday, June 20, Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22, 2014. No show on Father's Day. Enjoy the day and treat Dad to a special day!
Friday performances are at 7 PM; Saturday and Sunday performances are at 3 PM. Tickets are available at the Alfreda Schmidt Southside Community Center Office on the day of the performance or in advance from cash and crew members. Payment is by cash or check only. Tickets are $7 for students and adults, $5 for preschoolers.
Please enter at the main entrance for the community center on the southeast side of the building. The box office is on the right upon entering. Performances are held in the auditorium on the southwest end of the building.