Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition

Jack London’s classic tale comes to life on stage. This multimedia 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 projections that surround the performer and provide 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.


Curriculum Connections:

  • 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

Thursday, November 16, 2023

10:00 AM

Nash Theatre – Branchburg, nJ

Grades: 3rd to 8th

Length: 60 minutes