Delano High School drama students will present the tragedy “Elephant’s Graveyard” by George Brant in performances at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, and Friday, Nov. 8, and at 1 p.m. Nov. 8.
Audiences will view the play in the Delano Middle School auditorium, which soon will be renovated and given a new name, the Delano Performing Arts Center. Volunteers from Second Act will attend to offer information about purchasing sponsorships for seats in the new center. Funds for all auditorium upgrades will come from community donations.
The play “Elephant’s Graveyard” is based on a true story. In 1916, the Sparks Circus visited the town of Erwin, Tenn. During the circus parade, Mary, a huge elephant, was being ridden by an untrained circus employee who hit her when she tried to pick up some food. Mary turned on the man and killed him. The town demanded “justice” and the elephant was hanged from a railroad crane.
Barb Roy is directing this production by student actors and a student stage and lighting crew. Tickets will cost $6 for adults and $4 for students at the door.