What I Did Last Summer

February 23 and 24

Upper School Advanced Theater Play 2022

🎟 Tickets are not required for this show.

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by A.R.Gurney

Set in a vacation colony on the shores of Lake Erie in 1945—during the final stages of World War II—Charlie, an incipiently rebellious 14-year-old, is summering with his mother and sister (his father is fighting in the Pacific) before going off to boarding school in the fall. Although he intended to spend the summer loafing and socializing with his friends, the need for spending money forces him to take a job as a handyman for an iconoclastic, bohemian art teacher, Anna Trumbull—a former member of the “upper crust” who has lost both her fortune and her regard for the ideals of her upbringing. Sensing a kindred spirit in Charlie, she tries to stretch his mind by teaching him painting and sculpture—and exposing him to “radical” ideas about life and love which, in time, persuade Charlie to reject the notion of going back to school. The result is a family crisis and, more specifically, a showdown between Anna and Charlie’s conservative mother, a clash of philosophies that raises as many questions as it answers and, in the end, stimulates the self-awareness that will shape the man Charlie is destined to become.