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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.

Click here to see more photos from the production.