TYLER — Two Palestine youths will star in Tyler Civic Theatre's upcoming production of "Lord of the Flies," starting Thursday. Malick Absy, 12, and Gage Concilio, 10, have been traveling to Tyler five nights a week for more than a month in preparation for this show.
Absy and Concilio both discovered their love for the stage at the historic Texas Theater in Palestine through Palestine Community Theatre's productions. Absy, a seventh grader at The University of Texas at Tyler's Innovation Academy, most recently starred as Mike Teavea in Road Dahl's “Willy Wonka” production in 2012 at the Texas Theater. Absy will portray Roger in "Lord of the Flies."
Concilio, a fifth grader at Innovation Academy, has been in six shows at the Texas Theater, and one with Palestine High School's Ovation Theatre Group. He also has been a student director at the Texas Theater. Concilio will play the role of Eric in "Lord of the Flies."
Absy and Concilio are both excited to be a part of this show and have put in a lot of hours rehearsing in Tyler and at home. This show presents characters unlike any the boys have portrayed in their past performances, including British accents.
“Lord of the Flies” is adapted from the novel by Nobel Prize-winning English author William Golding. This adaptation of Golding's story is about a group of very ordinary small boys marooned on a coral island has become a modern classic. At first it seems as though it is all going to be great fun; but the fun before long becomes furious and life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic and death. As ordinary standards of behavior collapse, the whole world the boys know collapses with them — the world of cricket and homework and adventure stories — and another world is revealed beneath, primitive and terrible.
“'Lord of the Flies' remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature,” a news release said.
Production dates are Thursday through Sunday, April 13. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday matinee will begin at 2:30 p.m. The show is under the direction of Justin Wayne Purser.
Adult tickets are $18 and student tickets are $15. The show has a limited run and limited seating. Tickets can be purchased online at www.tylercivictheatre.com or by calling the box office at 903-592-0561.