MIFA Competition Show Information
St. Johns will be performing Main Stage: The Book of Everything, Adapted by Richard Tulloch, From the novel by Guus Kuijer Studio: Anna and August, by Don Zolidos, for their 2019-20 competition season.
The Book of Everything
Amsterdam, 1951. Thomas Klopper is aged 9, nearly 10. He sees things others don’t see – a hailstorm in summer, tropical fish in the canals, a plague of green frogs…and Jesus. And in his diary, The Book of Everything, he writes his greatest hope for the future: ‘When I grow up, I’m going to be happy.’ Thomas’s father is severe and sometimes violent, trying to insulate his family from the world outside their strict Christian faith. Mr Klopper says the bible is the book of everything that matters. Thomas’s odd imagination is his way of dealing with his secret misery. He finds strength through his down-to-earth chats with Jesus, his love for Eliza-with-the-leather-leg, and the support of rebellious bike-riding, trouser-wearing Auntie Pie and neighborhood ‘witch’ Mrs. van Amersfoort. She shows Thomas the power of music and books, and he learns that happiness begins with no longer being afraid.
Anna and August
Anna is the smartest girl in the school. She's also a purple belt in Tae Kwon Do and has a devastating punch. Strangely enough, she has trouble meeting boys. Except one: August, who seems to appreciate her weirdness. Unfortunately, the course of weird love never did run smooth