Animal Farm-A Two Act Play Performed by the Yoh Theatre Players #WoodstockVT #VT

March 13, 2015
Woodstock, VT

Yoh Theatre Players present Animal Farm-A Fairy Tale and a Musical in two acts. After two months of rehearsals, the house lights dim and the stage lights go up on a farm in England.

The original book was written by George Orwell 70 years ago and is still relevant today. Animal Farm is an allegorical and dystopian novel published in England on 17 August 1945. According to Orwell, the book reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalin era in the Soviet Union. The original title was Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, though the subtitle was dropped by U.S. publishers for its 1946 publication and subsequently all but one of the translations during Orwell's lifetime omitted it.

Old Major, the old boar on the Manor Farm, summons the animals on the farm together for a meeting, during which he refers to humans as parasites and teaches the animals a revolutionary song called "Beasts of England." When Major dies, two young pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, assume command and consider it a duty to prepare for the Rebellion. The animals revolt and drive the drunken and irresponsible farmer Mr. Jones from the farm, renaming it "Animal Farm".

They adopt Seven Commandments of Animalism, the most important of which is, "All animals are equal."
Snowball teaches the animals to read and write, while Napoleon educates young puppies on the principles of Animalism. Food is plentiful, and the farm runs smoothly. The pigs elevate themselves to positions of leadership and set aside special food items, for their personal health. Napoleon and Snowball struggle for control of the farm and animals.
When Snowball announces his plans to build a windmill, Napoleon has his dogs chase Snowball away and subsequently declares himself leader of Animal Farm. Napoleon enacts changes, replacing meetings with a committee of pigs who will run the farm. Through a young pig named Squealer, Napoleon claims credit for the windmill idea. The animals work harder with the promise of easier lives with the windmill.

Years pass, and the pigs start to resemble humans, as they walk upright, carry whips, and wear clothes. The Seven Commandments are abridged to a single phrase: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others".

After seeing this group of talented young actors perform this play, one should really go back and re-read the novel; I know I will.

Animal Farm
Performed by The Yoh Theatre Players
Woodstock Union High School
WoodstockVT  March 13, 2015
Copyright ©2015 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

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