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Article in The Vanguard (Yarmouth NS) By Michael Gorman For the 10th year in a row, t he Wartime Heritage Association, formerly known as 440 Productions, is preparing for its final show. It's become a bit of a joke with the association's director, George Egan, that each year is going to be his last and yet he keeps coming back for more, this time with the production Echoes of the Forties - Songs and Stories of a Wartime Generation. The show runs Nov. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at Th'YARC. As always, the material has many connections to the Yarmouth area. Egan said there is a particular focus on Yarmouth this year. The cast of 12 will tell stories about the people who went through basic training in Yarmouth, the YMCA, the local air force and some of the family connections of this area to the war. When combing through the mountains of information he's accumulated through the years Egan said he tries to focus on the stories that make a connection with the audience, especially the ones with local connections to people and places. "The stories will bring either a smile, a laugh or a tear," he said. Covering as much ground as the group does is difficult and Egan admits that at times it can be a challenge to decide how to mix humour with sorrow and other emotions. But as it is in life it is a fine balance on the stage and ultimately, Egan said he tries to find stories that instil inspiration and a sense of what people involved at the time went through and were like.
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440 Productions Returns to the Th'YARC November 6, 2008
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