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The 2006-2007 Performance Tour Season features a new wartime musical stage show. Tragedy and Triumph Memories of World War II, is the third production in the Time To Remember international series. The war years were ones of "tragedy and triumph" for servicemen and women, civilians, and nations and 440 Productions convey that reality on stage in its newest presentation Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr. Hitler introduces the opening scenes and sets the mood for an evening of wartime stories and songs. One young man brings the reality of everyday life amidst the bombing and uncertainty in wartime England to the audience. Together with other trainees in Canada and Britain, their decision to join the Royal Navy as Telegraphist Air Gunners brings new adventure and the audience discovers the songs they sang and the music that inspired and touched their hearts. There is no fiction to be found in these stories and the opening scenes are guaranteed to bring a smile and a tear. From the Navy to the Army to the Air Force, each scene pays tribute to the various branches of the services and the individuals who fought with courage and determination. From tragedy to triumph in stories and songs, soldiers, Telegraphist Air Gunners, pilots, and civilians bring to the stage the joy and sadness of wartime reality experienced during, such events as the Channel Dash and the Battle of Britain. For many Canadians soldiers, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia was the location of basic training and through the songs, Bless ‘Em All, Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major, and Quartermaster's Stores, the audience can join in to sing the well-known war songs of army trainees. Then, it’s off to England to encounter the British people at war and wartime adventure from the serious to the humorous. The Second Act opens with the music of the British pub, including My Old Man, Tavern In The Town, Roll Out The Barrel and such songs as Elmer's Tune, offers a glimpse of the many songs sung around the piano. Poking fun at the enemy and forgetting the realities of war were a necessary part of wartime life and the songs reflect those carefree moments. No 440 Production in the Time To Remember series would be complete without stories of romance and this stage show is no exception. Weaved throughout the evening are love stories and songs, the parting, the letters home, and the reunions. Each story and song will ‘tug at the heart strings’ and leave the audience with an unforgettable memory. The Second Act moves to the Pacific with stories of the attack on the enemy-held Royal Dutch Shell refineries at Palambang, Sumatra, and the attacks on the Sakishima Islands from aircraft carriers of the British Pacific Fleet. Other stories include the tragedy of the Changi POW Camp. The patriotism of wartime Britain is presented with well-known songs that include We'll Meet Again, Wish Me Luck, Yours, and There'll Always Be An England. These songs will inspire and leave an appreciative understanding of the staunch belief in victory. Once again this third production of the Time To Remember series, with some forty-six wartime songs, will be for both the cast and the audience an evening that will leave them humming tunes and remembering the unforge ttable moments and people of the war years. 2006-2007 Nova Scotia Time To Remember Performance Tour of Tragedy and Triumph - Memories of World War II The 2006 performances commemorated the 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION and The YEAR OF THE WAR BRIDE in Canada Saturday, July 29 at 7 pm CHESTER BASIN Performance: at the Royal Canadian Legion Everett Branch #88 (Chester Basin) Saturday, August 19 at 7 pm SHELBURNE Performance: at the Royal Canadian Legion Loyalist Branch #63 (Shelburne) Saturday, October 7 at 6:30 pm TRURO Performance: Dinner theatre (5-course turkey dinner and show) at the Royal Canadian Legion Colchester Branch #26 Veterans' Week 2006 performances ('Share the Story'): Saturday, November 4, 2006 at 6 pm HALIFAX PERFORMANCE: Dinner theatre (roast beef dinner and show) at the Royal Canadian Legion Fairview Branch #142 (50 Hillcrest St) *This performance also benefited the Walter Callow Wheelchair Buses for Veterans* Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 7 pm YARMOUTH PERFORMANCE: at the Yarmouth Arts Regional Centre (Th'YARC, 76 Parade St) Sunday, November 12, 2006 at 2 pm YARMOUTH PERFORMANCE: at the Yarmouth Arts Regional Centre (Th'YARC, 76 Parade St) The 2007 performances commemorated the 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TELEGRAPHIST AIR GUNNERS ASSOCIATION Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 6 pm This performance was dedicated to the memory of Gunner (RCA) Charlie N Royea (1917-1944) BEDFORD Performance: at the Royal Canadian Legion Bedford Branch # 95 (1772 Bedford Hwy) Tickets ($30) available at the Bedford Legion Price includes meal and performance (Dinner Theatre) For information call the Legion 902.835.2968 2007 British Time To Remember Performance Tour of Tragedy and Triumph - Memories of World War II Saturday, May 19, 2007: FAREHAM Performance: A Special Tribute to the Telegraphist Air Gunners At the 60th Memorial Weekend of the Telegraphist Air Gunners Association Commemorating their Diamond Jubilee at HMS Collingwood, in the Senior Ratings Mess Fareham, Hampshire, England Sunday, May 20, 2007: Attendance at the Memorial Service, Fleet Air Arm WWII Memorial with the Telegraphist Air Gunners On the seafront, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, England Monday, May 21, 2007: at 7:00 PM DEAL Performance: Sponsored by the Royal British Legion Downs Branch at the Astor Theatre Arts Centre Stanhope Road, Deal, Kent, England For tickets (£6): Call 01304 380405 or 01304 617821 Or visit the Downs Legion Social Club in Deal 2005-2007 Sponsors of Tragedy and Triumph 440 Productions wishes to acknowledge and extend sincere appreciation to the following organizations for their generous support TELEGRAPHIST AIR GUNNERS ASSOCIATION PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage 440 Productions recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Tourism, Culture & Heritage. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Culture Division to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians. AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION OF CANADA RCAF Association Trust CIBC VETERANS AFFAIRS CANADA Canada Remembers Program TOWN OF YARMOUTH Boston Pizza (Yarmouth NS) Alexa McDonough, Member of Parliament for Halifax The Honourable Geoff Regan, Member of Parliament for Halifax West Darrell Dexter Leader of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party Member of the Legislative Assembly of NS for Cole Harbour The Honourable Jamie Muir Member of the Legislative Assembly of NS for Truro-Bible Hill The Honourable Carolyn Bolivar-Getson Member of the Legislative Assembly of NS for Lunenburg West Gordie Gosse Member of the Legislative Assembly of NS for Cape Breton Nova The Honourable Judy Streatch Member of the Legislative Assembly of NS for Chester-St. Margaret's Dave A Wilson Member of the Legislative Assembly of NS for Sackville-Cobequid Fleet Air Arm Association Royal Canadian Legion Alvin H Foster Memorial Branch #98 (Kingston NS), Royal Canadian Legion Carleton Branch #167 (Yarmouth Co NS), Royal Canadian Legion Colchester Branch #26 (Truro NS), Royal Canadian Legion Dr CB Lumsden Branch #74 (Wolfville NS), Royal Canadian Legion Loyalist Branch #63 (Shelburne NS), Royal Canadian Legion Middleton Branch #1 (Middleton NS), Royal Canadian Legion Weymouth Branch #67 (Weymouth NS) Mr Henry Hemsley, WWII Veteran (England) Mr Stewart Crawford, Telegraphist Air Gunner (Glasgow, Scotland) Honourary Treasurer, Telegraphist Air Gunners Association Ms Bobby Lou Reardon (Yarmouth NS) Veterans (anonymous) Special Thanks / Acknowledgements 440 Productions wishes to thank the following for their help and support during this season of 'Time To Remember' and all our other remembrance initiatives INDIVIDUALS: Mr & Mrs Stewart and Maureen Crawford (Glasgow, Scotland) Mr & Mrs Ken and Barbara Davies (Stevington, England) Mr & Mrs Roy and Joan Gibbs (Orpington, England) Mr & Mrs Fred and Beryl Good (Watford, England) Adm Adrian Johns CBE, Second Sea Lord and Commander-in-Chief Home Fleet Command (England) Mr Eric May (Maidstone, England) Mr Ted Powell (Whitstable, England) Mr & Mrs Les and Val Sayer (Wakes Colne, England) Mr & Mrs Bill and Gwen West (Australia) Mr Keith Atkinson (Deal, England) Mrs Gwen Buchanan (Steyning, England Mrs Lindsay Buchanan (Spain) Ms Mary Eldridge (Deal, England) Mr Roger Tyack (Deal, England) Mr Wilbert Billard (Middle Sackville NS) Mrs Mary MacKenzie, Zone Cmdr, Royal Canadian Legion (Shelburne NS) Mr Fred Sandy, Fleet Air Arm Association (Dartmouth NS) Mr Tom Waters, Zone Cmdr, Royal Canadian Legion (Halifax NS) PARTNERING ORGANIZATIONS: Royal Canadian Legion Fairview Branch #142 (Halifax NS) Royal Canadian Legion Yarmouth Branch #61 (Yarmouth NS) Telegraphist Air Gunners Association (England) Walter Callow Wheelchair Buses for Veterans (Halifax NS) MEDIA, PUBLICITY & PROMOTION: Virginia Beaton, Staff - The Trident: Newspaper of Maritime Forces Atlantic, Tina Comeau, Reporter - The Vanguard (Yarmouth NS), Michael Gorman, Reporter - The Vanguard (Yarmouth NS)
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