CALL OF THE WILD: ILLUSTRATED EDITION
Based on the book by Jack London
Adapted by Jason Tremblay
Produced by Theatre Heroes
From Austin, Texas
About the Company
Jack London’s classic tale comes to life on stage. This multi-media adventure mixes performance and storytelling with projected illustrations to tell the story of Buck, the magnificent offspring of a St. Bernard and Scottish Collie.
Kidnapped from his lavish life on a California estate and sent to work as a sled dog during the great Klondike Gold Rush of the 1800s, Buck becomes the most famous dog in the northland’s history and discovers the endurance and strength of his wild, primal ancestors as their call courses through his blood. A thrilling tale of courage and survival.
The production uses 180-degree projection that surrounds the performer and provides scenic, artistic, and historical context to the show through their content. The images feature a unique mix of Philip R. Goodwin’s classical illustrations from the book’s first edition, period photographs, and brand new drawings and animations created by artist Michael Rae.
The book Call of the Wild is on the NEA's Big Read List for 21-22.
Applications are run through ArtsMidwest and are due by January 27, with dates be within Sept - June 2022. More information here.
Best for: Grades 4th + (9 years+)
Audience Size: Small, Medium, & Large Venues
Trailer recording. Please contact us to watch a full length archival recording.
Sample Study Guides
Fine Arts: Dramatic Performance, Performance & Technology
Language Arts: Page to Stage – Adapting a Novel into a Play, Narrative, Reading, Comprehension, Writing, Vocabulary
Science: Dogs, Wolves, Animals & the Environment,
History: North American Klondike Gold Rush of the 1800s
Emotional/Social Development: Adapting to new circumstances, Resilience, Endurance, Survival
Outreach and Workshops
In addition to the performance, there is a 10 minute performer-led talk-back (unless otherwise requested by the venue.)
The company can offer post-performance student workshops that explore character, setting and literary analysis, creating scenes through storytelling, acting, movement, music and rhythm, and ensemble collaboration. Teacher workshops include using theatre and storytelling as tools to teach curriculum and invigorate learning through Readers Theatre activities as well as other theatre and movement exercises and simple visual art activities that align with curriculum standards in Language Arts, History, Geography, and the Arts.
Sensory Friendly Performances
This production is available as a sensory friendly performance if requested in advance and with specific direction as to what this means for your venue.
Minimum Technical Requirements
Load In Time: 4 hours (with lights prehung). Company will need 1 & 1⁄2 hours for show call.
Crew Needs: 2 stagehands during load in and load out (to help with set up and strike of set), 1 lighting technician, and 1 sound technician
Min. Stage Size: 25ft wide x 25ft deep x 12 ft height (playing space can be adapted based on venue specs.)
Sound/Video Needs: All sound will be operated via Q lab. Company will travel with three 9x12 dual projection screens and three short throw projectors for either rear or front setup.
Load Out Time: 2 hours
Based the book by Jack London
Adapted and Directed by Jason Tremblay
Performed by Noel Gaulin
Music Composed by Graham Weber
Illustrations by Michael Rae
Costumes by Taylor Harrison
Media Design by Chris Owen and K. Eliot Haynes
Production Manager: Dallas Tate
Theatre Heroes is a theatre company based out of Austin, TX that creates high quality touring performances for young audiences and those young at heart.
We are theatre makers, fearless adventurers, and terrified mistake makers. We celebrate the live theatre experience as a launch pad for promoting creativity and innovation. We use theatre to activate and reawaken classic stories. We believe theatre can encourage youth to pursue their own dreams. We strive to create a world of infinite possibilities and limitless imagination where anyone can be their own hero.
Theatre Heroes is dedicated to bringing theatre to underserved populations and works with presenters to bring our performances to hospitals, detention centers, and rural communities. We also believe in inspiring the next generation of theatre makers through our workshops, talkbacks, and residencies.
Noel Gaulin is a three-time winner of Best Actor from the Austin Critics' Table. He has toured over 250 plus performances across the country with Rude Mechs, Paper Chairs, Glass Half Full, and Creative Action. He is the first actor to be named as a Favorite Arts Event by the Austin Chronicle. Recently, Noel received a Best Actor award from the Austin Revolution Film Festival.
Playwright Jason Tremblay’s award winning plays have been recognized and presented by the Kennedy Center, New Visions/New Voices, the Bonderman, One Theatre World, New Dramatists, and at theatres across the country such as East Valley Children’s Theatre, Adventure Stage Chicago, New Orleans Fringe, among others. He was the recipient of the KCACTF Young Audiences award, EVCT emerging playwright award, and a James Michener fellowship in writing at the University of Texas. His plays are published by YouthPlays and Playscripts.
The show includes media design by multi- B. Iden Payne Award winners Chris Owen and K. Eliot Haynes, music by Graham Weber, and artwork by Michael Rae.
For more information, please visit the company’s website.