RICHLAND, Wash. — The Academy of Children's Theatre is debuting a modernized version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, The Great Gatsby.
The play opens at the Windermere Children's Theatre on Wellsian Way Friday, February 24 at 7 p.m., with performances for two weekends.
ACT Executive Director Anne Spilman said the script was written by playwright Darby Sherwood to use more modern language. It's now set inside a high school to be more relevant to the actors.
"This particular version was written by a playwright out of Seattle," Spilman said. "She also helped us during the pandemic to update a script for Robin Hood. So we're very lucky to have regional support and regional expertise in providing new opportunities for our young people here at ACT."
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