Giants and Dream Worlds: Theatre Presents the Story of "The BFG"

The children's play, from the award-winning author of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,' opens June 17.

Written by Richard Privitt

The play centers around a young orphan and the Big Friendly Giant as they plot to save the children of England from evil giants.

The Department of Theatre and Dance presents the children’s theatre piece “The BFG” by Roald Dahl June 17 to 22 at the Maedgen Laboratory Theatre on 18th Street between Boston and Flint. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. for all performances except a special 2 p.m. matinee performance on June 19.

From the award-winning author Roald Dahl (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach”) comes the tale of “The BFG, The Big Friendly Giant.” Join the young orphan Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant on their magical journey from Giant Country to Buckingham Palace, as they team up to save the children of England from menacing, decidedly unfriendly giants. “The BFG” is full of zany, mixed-up language, fantastical dreamscapes and whiz-popping spectacle.

Graduate student Hannah McKinney, director of “The BFG,” said she likes the play because the power is in the hands of the children.

“I love that kids save the day; I love stories like that,” she said. “We spend so much time taking power away from kids when, really, I think they are just as powerful, if not more so, than we are.”

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and students with a valid Texas Tech ID. For more information call the Maedgen Theatre box office at (806) 742-3603.


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Texas Tech School of Theatre & Dance is part of the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts. It is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, and fosters the highest standards of scholarship and creative activity, providing opportunities for students and faculty to work actively in both areas. It champions training and education in a breadth of specialized programs, encourages students to cross boundaries between them, and prepares them for careers in both practice and pedagogy. By integrating theory, artistry, performance and scholarship, and striving to promote an inclusive and equitable environment, the school serves as a vital force in the cultural and intellectual life of our communities.

The university is one of two in Texas to offer all traditional degrees in theatre, and one of only three in the southwest to offer a Ph.D. in fine arts.

Students in the School of Theatre & Dance pursue a core curriculum that includes training in the areas of design, acting, directing, dance, stage management, history and playwriting.