BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College Theatre season continues with the production of "Kindertransport" on Nov. 3-5, and Nov. 11-12, in Wailes Theatre on the campus. All performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Luke Hardt, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts – Theatre, is directing the play by Diane Samuels. Assistant Director is Beth Ann Shaffer and Technical Director is Jenn Christenson.
The play is set in 1938, when a 9-year old Eva Schlesinger is put aboard a train filled with other Jewish children and carried away from Nazi Germany in a little-known rescue operation called, "Kindertransport." More than four decades later, she has become the quintessential English woman who hides her past from everyone, including her daughter.
In "Kindertransport," the audience sees her past and present collide. We see the terrified child who leaves her parents behind, and we watch the grown woman who has tried to forget her past until her daughter discovers a box full of papers.
As Eva's daughter questions her past, a shattering truth emerges about her identity, the true cost of survival and the future that grows from a traumatized past. "Kindertransport" tells of a miracle amid unimaginable horror and explores the complexity of emotions in those who must lose everything they love to live.
Cast members include:
Lil – Megan Riggs (understudy Megan Valentino)
Helga – Elizabeth Brewer (understudy Krystal Robinson)
Eva – Karijo Tiede
Evelyn – Christina Deems
Faith – Morgan Pritchard (understudy Sally Mellring)
Ratcatcher – Jeff Fisher
Border Guard – Keven Widener
English Organizer – Matt Davis
Postman – Neil Heard
Station Guard – Ryan Darrow
Crew members include:
Stage Manager – Dana Unger
Costumes – Leah Muhlheim and Brittany Homer
Dramaturgs – Matt Davis, Elizabeth Brewer and Jo-Ellyn Decker
Sound – Ryan Darrow
Props – Krystal Robinson and Sally Mellring
Hardt said, "We had so many good actresses audition that each understudy will perform at least once. We are very fortunate to have a Bethany student, Jo-Ellyn Decker, interning at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. She and the German Club on campus have been enormously helpful in our research. The play is very compelling, sometimes dark, yet compassionate and life-affirming."
Tickets for "Kindertransport" are by donation. For reservations, please call 304-829-7124.