York College will present the compelling WWII drama Front this weekend, February 27-March 2.
Lead actress Morgan Goracke says the show reveals an often-overlooked story from that era: the experience of women on the homefront. “These women had to go from being homemakers to being bomb makers and breadwinners. The show is about their struggle to find hope in the midst of darkness,” she says.
Set in England during the Blitz, Front tells the stories of a number of individuals and families who must come to terms with war and the horrors and tragedies it creates. This includes Judith (Goracke’s character) a proud matriarch, who works in a factory that makes bomb detonators; her missing husband, Frank; and their two children, Angie and Tom, who are forced to grow up much too quickly.
A number of other war-torn individuals are also profiled, most of them women who have been left behind as their brothers, husbands, and sons have gone off to fight.
There are humorous and light-hearted moments in this poignant show. Goracke describes the show as a drama with heart. The message of the show is overcoming tragedy and learning “how to create a new normal when everything has changed,” she says.
“It’s a fascinating time period to portray,” says Goracke, who recommends that anyone with an interest in the culture and history of the 1940s attend the performance. Assistant Director Bethany Miller agrees.
"I think this show is important for more than just the WWII enthusiasts. We are living in a time of war--even if we do not work in munitions plants like these brave women did in the 1940's--we still have made sacrifices, and experienced loss in similar ways," says Miller. "We remember 9/11, and we have men and women in our own families or neighborhoods who are daily risking their lives just as the WWII soldiers did. This show is just as important for the current-day as it is for the past. It is a deep, and riveting piece of art that should not be missed."
The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m, February 27-March 1, and at 2 p.m. on March 2. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Reserve tickets online, or by calling 402-363-5641 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
An interesting element of this production for Goracke has been the involvement of the show’s author, Robert Caisley. Caisley has been in contact with cast members and director John I. Baker III frequently as they prepare for the show, answering questions and giving insight into the production as he had envisioned it.
Other cast members include Nolan Henningson, Jasmine Agee, Parker Sielstad, Danielle Berry, Laesha Yeager, Bryce Taylor, Drew Leonard, Daniel Magner, Caleb Clark, Lauren Post, Brinna Horvath, Briana VanDeusen, Ali Linstead, Shelby Jordan, Jameson Trauger, and Natalie Ostrander. Bethany Miller is the assistant director.
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