Staging a Hope-full ‘Elephant’s Story’

Jul 11, 2014
Founder of Hope Elephants Jim Laurita hangs out with Aiden Davenport, the young actor playing Jim in “The Road to Hope: An Elephant’s Story.”

Camden — Hope is a girl who dreams of being an elephant and Rosie is an elephant who dreams of being free in “The Road to Hope: An Elephant’s Story,” a play inspired by the true story of Rosie, a retired circus elephant now living at Hope Elephant Sanctuary. The play will be performed by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine Tuesday, July 22, at 1:30 p.m., hosted by the Camden Public Library in the adjacent Camden Amphitheatre.

“The Road to Hope: an Elephant’s Story” can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Attendees learn about elephants, enjoy lively circus scenes and uncover the metaphors and messages behind the story. This play speaks to the power of interspecies connection, offers methods to overcome bullying and instills the perseverance of hope.

“The Road to Hope” was written for young actors and audiences by Reba Short with musical direction provided by Brittany Cook. It is produced with support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, which creates theater for kids and by kids. The free show is performed by actors age 8 to 16, accompanied by live music.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

The cast, crew and supportive family members of “The Road to Hope: An Elephant’s Story” visit Hope Elephants as some field research.
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