The Baker's Dozen is an independent, student-run acting troupe composed of high school students from across Forsyth County. Originally founded in 2010 by a group of thirteen students, The Baker's Dozen recruits the top student actors from local high schools each year. Together, these students direct, produce, and perform shows, then donate the proceeds to charity. This year The Baker's Dozen consists of ten full-time members from Reynolds, West Forsyth, Glenn, Summit, and Forsyth County Day School. Over the past four years The Baker's Dozen has raised more than $13,000 for charities such as the Children's Home, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Amos Cottage, Open Arms Community Inc., the Innocence Project, The Educator's Institute for Human Rights in Rwanda, The Mental Health Association of Forsyth County, and Camp Hope. The goal of The Baker's Dozen is to enrich the community through the arts and to make a positive impact on Forsyth County and the world by contributing to causes both local and global.
The Elephant Man is a serious drama based on the life of John Merrick, a horribly deformed man who lived at the London Hospital during the Victorian era. The play explores what it means to be "normal" in modern society. Notable for not using make-up to portray Merrick, the show allows the audience to imagine for themselves how Merrick appeared. The winner of the 1979 Tony Award for Best Play, as well as The Drama Desk award for Outstanding New Play, The Elephant Man was hailed as "a giant of a play" (New York Post). The New York Times called it "an enthralling and luminous play. Haunting, splendid.”
The Elephant Man will be directed by Adam Chase, with set and costumes by Kayla Guffey and Jacob Weinberg. The cast is as follows:
Ian Buff -- John Merrick
Adam Chase -- Fredrick Treves, Belgian Policeman
Kayla Guffey -- Miss Kendal
Samuel Shaver -- Dr. Carr Gomm, Conductor
Joseph Hilleary -- Ross, Lord John, Snork
Lance Smith -- Bishop Walsham Howe, Pinhead Manager, London Policeman
Caiti Yates -- Nurse Sandwich, Duchess, Princess Alexandra, Pinhead
Thatcher Johnson-Welden -- Countess, Porter, Pinhead
The play is made possible by a grant from The Youth Grant Makers Association. Costumes and set are provided by Twin City Stage."
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