Moby Dick by Herman Melville is a classic text written during the American Renaissance. This October, the Alliance Theatre will take this tale of man’s obsessive battle against nature and turn this seafaring American classic into a thrilling experiment in aerial storytelling through bold trapeze and acrobatic work.


While this reimagination of this classic quest takes over the Alliance Stage, we invite families to record and share their own artistic take on the story of Moby Dick in the form of a video response on Instagram. There will be prizes for the most inventive entries. Similar to Instagram’s Weekend Hashtag Projects, where there is a weekly contest around a specific theme or idea, this contest centers around video, Moby Dick, and the responses that story elicits.

Where to Begin

Herman Melville’s story has been reinterpreted and re-imagined multiple times since it was originally published in 1851 because the themes are timeless. Read the book, listen to the musical, check out the trailer for the show, and more…and then artistically respond.

Check out some resources for inspiration:

All entries will be on view during the run of Moby Dick at the Alliance Theatre.

Let’s Get Started

This contest is all about video and it must be posted to Instagram (using the 60 second time limit). Feel free to use any apps to create unique videos that creatively and artistically represent your response.

Families must post their video to Instagram by Wednesday, October 17th by 11:59pm EST using the hashtags #MobyDick, #AllianceTheatre, and #1MinuteMoby.

A few tips:

  • If your video includes sound, make sure the message comes through even if viewed on silent.
  • When uploading, choose a captivating video thumbnail image and title to grab attention right away.
  • Even though the original story of Moby-Dick is long, it doesn’t mean your response has to be. Get creative in using your time.

Moby Dick was originally produced by Lookingglass Theatre Company in association with Actors Gymnasium in Chicago. This is a co-production with Arena Stage and South Coast Repertory.