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The Wartime Heritage Association features a new wartime musical of stories and songs of the Second World War. Echoes of the Forties is the 4th production in the Time to Remember series. Some fifty wartime songs intertwined with stories relating the experience of men and women of the Canadian and British Army, Navy and Air Force, and civilians brings to the stage an evening of unforgettable memories. The stories are guaranteed to bring a smile and a tear and ‘tug at the heart strings’. Presented in a series of vignettes, the evening takes the audience on a journey through the war years from basic training to the battlefields of Europe and Asia. The stories are true and present wartime reality. The airmen share the experience of piloting a spitfire out of control, and sharing a Christmas Eve with children in Belgium. A Canadian soldier tells of his experience in Hong Kong as the Colony falls to Japanese Imperial Army. What was the reaction of the British as Canadian soldiers ‘invaded’ their quiet little villages? The answer is discovered in the words a young girl as she tells of the encounter between Canadian soldiers and British civilians. Romance is featured in both songs and stories. The story of the Merchant Navy ship ‘Empire Industry’ proves that “All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor”. A young Canadian girl remembers an evening watching the stars “With a Song in My Heart” as she bides farewell to her young airman. Letters written from “Somewhere in France”, as the guns of Calais fall to the Allies, bring to life a harsh reality faced by young men and women separated by duty. Wartime adventure from the serious to the humorous can be revealed in many of the songs: Oh, How I Hate to Get Up In the Morning, My Old Man, Tavern In The Town, or Roll Out The Barrel. The pub songs offer a glimpse of a necessary carefree part of wartime life. The patriotism of wartime Britain is presented in well-known songs including, We'll Meet Again, Wish Me Luck, and There'll Always Be An England. - songs that inspired and a staunch belief in victory. Among the many songs are We Must All Stick Together, Pack Up Your Troubles, It’s A Long Way To Tipperary, Bless ‘Em All, Danny Boy, I’ll Be Seeing You, A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, Lili Marlene, and As Time Goes By. Echoes of the Forties - Songs and Stories of a Wartime Generation is meant to leave one humming tunes and remembering the unforgettable moments and people of World War II. NOVA SCOTIA PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Saturday September 27, 2008 at 7:00 pm CHESTER BASIN Performance: at the Royal Canadian Legion Everett Branch #88 (25 Hwy 12, Chester Basin) Saturday October 25, 2008 at 6:30 pm TRURO Performance: at the Royal Canadian Legion Colchester Branch #26 (42 Brunswick St, Truro) This performance commemorates the 80th Anniversary of Royal Canadian Legion Colchester Branch #26 Veterans' Week 2008 performances: Saturday November 8, 2008 at 7:00 pm, Sunday November 9, 2008 at 2:00 pm, Saturday November 15, 2008 at 7:00 pm and Sunday November 16, 2008 at 2:00 pm YARMOUTH Performances: at the Yarmouth Arts Regional Centre (Th'YARC, 76 Parade St, Yarmouth) CREATIVE and PRODUCTION TEAM: George Egan (Writer and Director) Glen Gaudet (Production/Tour Manager) Beth Dalton (Production Assistant) Tara Egan (Musical Arrangement/Piano) Holly Churchill (Staging Assistant/Cameras) Jarrett Fells-Hebb (Staging Assistant/Cameras) CAST: Amy Bishara Chantal Boudreau Jonathan Cottreau (Soldier) Jason Dalton (Airman) Julian Dease (Soldier) Tyler d'Entremont (Airman) Kasey Forbes (Navy Sailor) Colin Gaudet (Airmen) Chris Johnson (Airmen) Kayla LeBlanc Danielle Nickerson Vanessa Saulnier Chelsea Vallillee 2008 Wartime Heritage Sponsors Wartime Heritage wishes to acknowledge and extend sincere appreciation to the following for their generous financial support PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA - Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage The Wartime Heritage Association 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. DEMOCRACY 250 - Celebrating 250 Years of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada (2008) CIBC Royal Canadian Legion Allan MacDonald Memorial Branch #15 (New Waterford NS), Royal Canadian Legion Alvin H Foster Memorial Branch #98 (Kingston NS), Royal Canadian Legion Bear River Branch #22 (Bear River NS), Royal Canadian Legion Loyalist Branch #63 (Shelburne NS), Royal Canadian Legion Dr CB Lumsden Branch #74 (Wolfville NS), Royal Canadian Legion Trenton Branch #29 (Trenton NS), Royal Canadian Legion Weymouth Branch #67 (Weymouth NS) Boston Pizza (#918, Yarmouth NS) New Ross Credit Union (Chester Basin NS) Spears & MacLeod Pharmasave (Yarmouth NS), MacQuarrie's Pharmasave (Truro NS), - McDougall's Pharmasave (Chester Basin NS) CIBC Charity Committee (Customer Contact Centre, Halifax NS) Macdonald Chisolm Trask Insurance (Yarmouth NS) Atlantic Superstore Young St. Market (Halifax NS) Walmart (Store #1017, Digby NS) Website hosting courtesy of 'Don't just make a website, make an impact' Stage background art courtesy of David Craig, Illustrator (Mississauga ON) Sound equipment courtesy of Carl Surette (Yarmouth NS) Special Thanks / Acknowledgments Wartime Heritage wishes to thank the following for their help with, and support of, all the Association's remembrance initiatives PARTNERING ORGANIZATIONS: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia - Western Branch (Yarmouth NS) Channel Dash Association (United Kingdom) Royal British Legion Deal & Walmer Branch #1949 (Deal, Kent, England) Royal British Legion Downs Branch #1951 (Deal, Kent, England) Royal British Legion Downs Club (Deal, Kent, England) Royal Canadian Legion Colchester Branch #26 (Truro NS) Royal Canadian Legion Everett Branch #88 (Chester Basin NS) Telegraphist Air Gunners Association (United Kingdom) Yarmouth Mall (Yarmouth NS) INDIVIDUALS: Ronald Gaudet (Yarmouth NS) Gerald J. Lyons (Yarmouth NS) Keith Atkinson (Deal, England) Gwen Buchanan (Steyning, England) Lindsay Buchanan (Spain) Mary Eldridge (Deal, England) Roger Tyack (Deal, England) 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) Eric May (Maidstone, England) Ted Powell (Whitstable, England) Mr & Mrs Les and Val Sayer (Wakes Colne, England) Mr & Mrs Bill and Gwen West (Australia) Michael Gorman, Reporter - The Vanguard (Yarmouth NS)
Echoes of the Forties Songs and Stories of a Wartime Generation
Wartime Heritage ASSOCIATION