An exciting adventure novel and memorable film come to life on stage in Blountville when the award-winning Northeast State Community College Department of Theatre presents the fantasy play The Neverending Story – Atreyu and the Great Quest opening in April.
Evening performances are scheduled April 12th, 13th, 14th at 7:30 p.m. Three matinée performances are scheduled April 12th, 13th, and 15th at 2:00 p.m. All shows will be held at Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theatre on the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. For information about tickets visit www.northeaststate.edu/tickets, call the Box Office at 423.354.5169 or email email@example.com.
Based on the novel by Michael Ende and adapted for the stage by David S. Craig, The Neverending Story stretches the limits of epic adventure and childhood imagination. The play is being produced by Northeast State Prof. Elizabeth M. Sloan and directed by Prof. Brad McKenzie.
Young Bastian Bux steals away to read a mysterious new book called “The Neverending Story” in the library of his school. The book transports him to the magical land of Fantastica which is being destroyed by an evil force called “The Nothing.” A young royal known as The Childlike Empress has chosen Atreyu, a young hunter, to be the Hero of the Great Quest. Atreyu is an unlikely choice but accepts the quest.
As his journey begins, Atreyu experiences The Nothing and discovers its thoughtless destruction. He is guided by a dream to the Swamps of Sadness, and learns he must find The Childlike Empress a new name. With this new direction, He faces the Ygramul the Many and befriends Falkor the Luck Dragon. He solves the three trials he must endure to meet the mysterious oracle Uyulala. She tells him that only a human child can give the Empress a new name.
As The Nothing continues to engulf Fantastica, Atreyu faces his final test – the sinister werewolf, Gmork. Can Atreyu triumph and defeat The Nothing? Will he find a human child who can bestow a new name to The Empress? As he becomes enthralled by the story, Bastian realizes that his imagination is the key to changing the fate of both Fantastica and his own world.
Northeast State Theatre students and faculty have distinguished themselves as being among the top college theatre programs in the region. Students annually compete and win awards for their acting and technical creativity at the Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
This play is being presented by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Ill. Northeast State students with a current NeSCC student ID are entitled to one free admission ticket. Students can pick up their free ticket in person at the Northeast State Box Office in the Fine Arts Building. For general questions about the play, contact Elizabeth M. Sloan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 423.354.2479.