Feature Performance

The Trumpet of the Swan

"The Trumpet of the Swan" has superior qualities… it is most spacious and serene… imbued with the author's sense of the precious instinctual heritage represented by wild nature. Settles into a joy-ride through the gentle terrain of the highly unlikely.

-John Updike, New York Times Book Review, 1970

The Trumpet of the Swan

Adapted by Joseph Robinette from the book by E. B. White.

October 23-November 22, 2015

Friday nights at 7:30; Saturday & Sunday matinees at 3:00

Directed by Shelley Bolman. Scenic design by Mac Young. Lighting design by Annie Wiegand. Costume design by Kaitee Tredway.

Elbert Joseph as Louis. With Samil Battenfeld, Danny Bolton*, Jaime Carrillo*, Ceci Cipullo, Jordan Clark, Margaret Clark, Kai Clifton, Kippy Goldfarb*, Natalie Hall, Hope Johnson, Emma Kahn, Caroline Lawton*, Cliff Odle*, Charlotte Palmucci, Charlotte Peed*, Gabrielle Popa, Arianna Reith, Jeraldy Rivera, and Sebastian Wood as Sam Beaver.

*Members of AEA.

Can a brass horn be the key to love? Louis, a trumpeter swan, is different from his sibling cygnets, for he was born without voice.  When he falls in love with the regal swan, Serena, he is unable to woo her with his grand trumpeting call.  Sam Beaver, a human friend, takes Louis to school thinking the swan just needs to learn how to read and write.  Unfortunately the other swans on the pond do not know how to read and continue to question this swan’s differentness. Louis's father tries to help too; seeking out and impulsively stealing a brass trumpet.  (This criminal act is unfortunate). Despite these conflicts, with great diligence, patience, and resilience, Louis learns to play the instrument and communicate his thoughts and feelings through the power of music. Eventually his technique soars and Louis wins Serena's heart.  E. B. White’s award-winning story is inspired by the natural world and our own very human need to connect and to communicate.

The performance will run 1:45, and this includes a 15 minute intermission. The story is recommended for adults, teens, ‘tweens, youth, and children 6+

Elbert Joseph (EJ), a Deaf, Caribbean-American actor passionately devoted to theatre, has turned a moment in the audience at an ASL interpreted production of Peter Pan into a career.  EJ first appeared with the cast of The Wizard of Oz when he was twelve years old.  He also became the Theatre’s first Deaf ASL interpreter for Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp.  He trained as a member of WFT’s PAH! Deaf Youth Theatre and went on to appear on the Wheelock main stage in numerous productions, including Alice, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Pippi Longstocking, and The Wizard of Oz. EJ has worked locally with Central Square and ART, and was seen last season in the lead role of Tuc in Suzan Zeder’s The Ware Trilogy (co-produced by WFT, Emerson Stage, and Central Square). EJ has worked as an ASL performer with Broadway in Boston and is a WFT teaching artist at the Horace Mann School.

Sebastian Wood returns to the WFT stage as Sam Beaver, the friend and advocate for Louis the Swan.  Sebastian has appeared at WFT as the Buffalo Boy in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Bifur in The Hobbit.  He has also performed in school productions; Bye Bye Birdie, Beauty and the Beast, and Fiddler on the Roof as well as with the Boston Children’s Theater, Boston Conservatory, and ArtBarn Community Theater. Sebastian will be entering the 10th grade in the fall.

The Trumpet of the Swan

October 23 - November 22, 2015
Friday nights at 7:30; Saturday & Sunday Matinees at 3:00
American Sign Language and Audio-description dates: Friday November 20 at 7:30 and Sunday November 22 at 3:00.
All performances offer Open Captioning

  • Tickets: $20-$38
  • Box Office: 617-879-2300; tickets@wheelock.edu
  • Website: www.WheelockFamilyTheatre.org
  • Location: 180 The Riverway on the campus of Wheelock College in Boston’s Fenway district
  • Parking: Discounted parking at MASCO garage at 375 Longwood Avenue
  • MBTA: Fenway or Longwood on Green Riverside Line (D train); CT busses to Beth Israel
  • Access: The Theatre is wheelchair accessible. All performances are Open Captioned. Scheduled performances are interpreted in American Sign Language and Audio-described.

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