Hayden Patterson, a theatre arts education major, brought “The Ice Wolf” to life in multiple venues. Patterson was originally introduced to Joanna H. Kraus’ story while in a playwriting class. “I fell in love with the story and its message so much that I decided to apply for an URCA grant,” Patterson said.
Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) grants provide funds to support faculty-mentored research or creative projects undertaken by undergraduate students.
“The Ice Wolf is a story that explores strong moral themes including overcoming adversity, combatting social exile, and the destructiveness of discrimination,” said Patterson. The story revolves around a young girl who was labeled as different. After being shunned from her village, the Wood God of her land turns her into a wolf and forces about an important decision. She must decide whether to hold onto her hatred or to help her people understand the differences that separate them.
The production was performed four times: twice for ECU students and faculty, once for the students at J.H. Rose High School and finally at the Greenville Montessori school. Cast members led a bullying prevention discussion following the Montessori school performance.
Patterson said when she asked what the Greenville Montessori students would say to the main character at her lowest point during the show, “one child responded with, ‘it gets better’ which moved us all.”
“(Staging) this show has been the biggest dream come true and I’m so glad that I got the opportunity to share this story with others,” Patterson said.
-By Catherine Lochner, candidate for the BS in Communication