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WBC Theatre Stages "Kindertransport"


by Randi Allen

The Williams Baptist College Theatre Department will perform "Kindertransport" by Diane Samuels on Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3. The play will begin at 7 p.m. both days and will be held in WBC's Old Chapel.

"Kindertransport" is based on the story of Jewish children who were transported to Britain before the outbreak of war in September of 1939. Eva finds herself in Manchester, living with the Miller family. After her mother and father were unable to escape from Germany, Eva starts building a new life with the Millers. With the changes, Eva changes her name to Evelyn. Years later, Evelyn's daughter Faith finds some old letters in the attic and begins to question her mother about her past.

Elizabeth Harmon plays Faith, the daughter of Evelyn. Faith is trying to find out about her mother's past. Elizabeth is looking forward to the new role in this play, which is much different from the part she had in last year's production of "Charlie Brown." Harmon says "I am excited to help people connect with the story through my acting." Harmon is a senior from Jonesboro.

Callison Hopkins, a junior from Southaven, Miss., plays the part of Evelyn. Evelyn is taken in by Lil Miller after she is rescued from Germany. Hopkins is acting in her first play with Williams, although she is a member of The Cast, WBC's creative ministry team. Hopkins said that she "is most excited about getting to show what happened with this family." Since rehearsals began, Hopkins feels that she has "become connected to the characters, making it feel like more than a play."

Ashley Newman, who plays Lil, is acting in her first play with Williams. She said, "I enjoy learning to be someone else and becoming the character, and I really enjoy getting to use a British accent." Newman, a senior, is also from Southaven.

Melinda Williams, assistant professor of communication arts, has directed over fifty plays at WBC. Williams said, "The actors get into their roles more when they are able to act like real people, creating a deeper connection due to the more serious roles they are in."

Other cast members include: Anna Hayden of Conway as Eva; Jessica Howington of Pine Bluff as Helga, Eva's biological mother; Tyler Lee of Horn Lake, Miss., as Nazi Guard and English Guard; and Brandt McDonald of Concord as The Ratcatcher, a character from a German children's story, along with other roles.

The production will be part of the college's Homecoming/Parents Day celebration. General admission is $3, and the cost is $1 for senior citizens and students.

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