Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf for Young Adults' ANIMAL FARM

Steppenwolf for Young Adults' (SYA) first production of its 2014/15 season is George Orwell's Animal Farm, a world premiere adaptation by Althos Low. SYA's Artistic and Educational Director Hallie Gordon directs the production in Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theatre. The SYA 2014/15 season explores the theme, "Create a Movement: The Art of Revolution." Animal Farm runs now through November 9, 2014; with an additional week of student performances now offered November 11 - 14, 2014 at 10am. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

Animal Farm features Will Allan as Benjamin; Jasmine Bracey as Julia and Old Major; Lucy Carapetyan as Maggie; Amelia Hefferon as Squealer; Matt Kahler as Boxer; Mildred Marie Langford as Muriel; Blake Montgomery as Napoleon; Dana Murphy as Mollie; Lance Newton as Pinkeye and Moses; and Sean Parris as Snowball.

The production team for Animal Farm includes Brian Sydney Bembridge (scenic design), Izumi Inaba (costume design), JR Lederle (lighting design), Rick Sims (sound design and original music) and Cassie Calderone (stage manager).

George Orwell's revolutionary masterpiece comes to the stage with Steppenwolf for Young Adults' world premiere adaptation of Animal Farm. After revolting against the reign of their negligent human master, the animals of Mr. Jones's farm create their own ideal society in which all animals are equal and rules are set by democratic vote. It's all working pretty well until the allure of power leads the animals to a chilling fate.Animal Farm illustrates how new tyranny replaces old and power corrupts even the noblest of causes.

Single tickets ($20) are on sale now through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org. School group tickets are available through Education and Community Programs Coordinator Lauren Sivak at 312-654-5643.

Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

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Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf for Young Adults' ANIMAL FARM
Benjamin (Will Allan) questions the new leadership supported by Squealer (Amelia Hefferon)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf for Young Adults' ANIMAL FARM
Boxer (Matt Kahler) completes a hard day’s work while cheered on by his fellow animals (left to right) Muriel (Mildred Marie Langford), Julia (Jasmine Bracey), Squealer (Amelia Hefferon), Pinkeye (Lance Newton), Maggie (Lucy Carapetyan), Napoleon (Blake Montgomery), Mollie (Dana Murphy) and Benjamin (Will Allan)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf for Young Adults' ANIMAL FARM
Moses (Lance Newton) describes the place where all good animals go when they die

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf for Young Adults' ANIMAL FARM
Boxer (Matt Kahler) and Benjamin (Will Allan) look on as new leadership begins to form

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf for Young Adults' ANIMAL FARM
Pinkeye (Lance Newton) and Julia (Jasmine Bracey) pitch in to help Boxer (Matt Kahler) pull the cart

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf for Young Adults' ANIMAL FARM
Napoleon (Blake Montgomery) plots his revenge

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf for Young Adults' ANIMAL FARM
Man (Will Allan) reframes writing as a weapon

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf for Young Adults' ANIMAL FARM
Muriel (Mildred Marie Langford), Pinkeye (Lance Newton), Mollie (Dana Murphy), Snowball (Sean Parris) and Maggie (Lucy Carapetyan) celebrate the first sunrise on their own farm

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf for Young Adults' ANIMAL FARM
Napoleon (Blake Montgomery) and Snowball (Sean Parris) negotiate leadership

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf for Young Adults' ANIMAL FARM
Benjamin (Will Allan) looks in disbelief as new rules are enforced by a fully-grown Dog (Sean Parris)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf for Young Adults' ANIMAL FARM
Squealer (Amelia Hefferon), Napoleon (Blake Montgomery), Dog (Sean Parris), Muriel (Mildred Marie Langford) and Dog (Dana Murphy) enforce a new order

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