From November 17 to November 19, Viewpoint’s Upper School students presented their highly anticipated performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the Carlson Family Theater (CFT).
Adapted from Mark Haddon's critically acclaimed novel, this theatrical production explores the story of 15-year-old Christopher, a neurodivergent protagonist. Faced with the sudden and brutal demise of his neighbor's dog, Christopher feels compelled to unravel the mystery. Through this play, the audience is offered a distinctive perspective, gaining insight into the world through Christopher's eyes as he embarks on an extraordinary journey. Along the way, he challenges assumed truths and uncovers life-changing secrets.
"Given the play's focus on a neurodivergent main character, there were concerns among students about portraying this accurately, particularly by individuals who aren’t neurodivergent," shared Scott Feldsher, Chair of the Theatre and Dance Department. "We collaborated closely with our Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Life, along with Upper School Learning Specialist Danielle Burness and Upper School Guidance Counselor Leslie Piccioni, to ensure that Christopher's character was depicted in a nuanced and individualized manner."
Preparations for the big day began at the start of the school year, with students rehearsing after school Monday through Friday and occasionally on Saturdays.
"The students gained a great deal theatrically from this play. It compelled everyone, including myself, to step into the shoes of the characters, rather than imposing our own perceptions onto them,” said Feldsher. “This process fostered a profound sense of empathy and understanding for different ways of experiencing the world—ultimately, a goal central to the essence of theater."