Gallery 7 presents The Giver

Play hits the stage Jan. 29 and runs for two weeks at the Abbotsford Arts Centre.

Gallery 7 Theatre's presentation of The Giver starts on Jan. 29 and runs for two weeks at the Abbotsford Arts Centre.

Gallery 7 Theatre's presentation of The Giver starts on Jan. 29 and runs for two weeks at the Abbotsford Arts Centre.

Gallery 7 Theatre presents its production of Lois Lowry’s award-winning book The Giver starting on Jan. 29.

The show runs for two weeks at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way.

Adapted for the stage by Eric Coble, The Giver is an adaptation of Lowry’s novel for young people, which won the 1994 Newbery Medal and sold more than 10 million copies.

In a futuristic, utopian society where there is no war or misery and each citizen is assigned their role in the community by the elders, young Jonas is surprised to learn that he has been chosen to receive special training from The Giver, the keeper of all memories of true joy and pain.

As Jonas begins his education, the darker hypocrisies of his perfect world are brought to light, and he is faced with a decision that could risk all he has, including his own life.

This adaption explores what it means to grow up and to be human in an imperfect world.

“We’re maximizing the technical capabilities of the Abbotsford Arts Centre to bring this intimate story to life,” said Ken Hildebrandt, Gallery 7 Theatre’s executive/artistic director.

Performing the role of young Jonas is Cameron McKerchar, who has appeared in Gallery 7 productions of The Hiding Place and Fiddler on the Roof.

The Giver, the wise old man and mentor, will be played by Jay Danziger, a veteran actor of stage and film.

Jonas’ mother and father are played by Melissa Franson and newcomer Marco Darvasi.

Jonas’ younger sister, Lily, will be played by Kaitlyn Naayer, also making her first appearance at Gallery 7 Theatre.

Asher, Jonas’ best friend, will be played by Evan Rachwalski, and Fiona will be played by Emily Smith.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 and 30 and Feb. 3-6, with discount matinees at 2 p.m. on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and $15 for kids 12 and under.

Matinees are $20 general and $15 for kids. They are available at House of James (2743 Emerson St.), by phone at 1-800-665-8828 or online at gallery7theatre.com.