Upper School Stages “Elephant’s Graveyard”
Upper School students tackled the complex, tragic “Elephant’s Graveyard” with aplomb in early February. “Elephant’s Graveyard” is a fascinating, sometimes surreal, take on the true story of the collision of a small Tennessee town and a struggling circus, which ultimately ends in the only known lynching of an elephant. The play, set in 1916, weaves history and legend seamlessly. The show serves as a powerful allegory for the lynchings of African-American men and women by angry, violent mobs that were taking place during the same time period. The play was staged in a theater-in-the-round style, lending the show an especially kinetic energy. Other impressive features included a big top, a functioning trapeze swing, and a wall-to-wall dirt floor. Congratulations to the Upper School cast and crew, theater teacher Marc Raia, and technical theater director Trey Tatum for this magnificent production.