Archive for Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Home School Connection to take the stage

March 3, 2004

Children who are part of the Home School Connection soon will be taking a step back in time.

On March 11, about 22 area home-schooled children will perform a musical, "Hearts Asunder."

Director Jodi Bowersox said this year's musical is set during World War II.

"We took those '40s songs and intercut them with actual World War II speeches, excerpts from various speeches of Roosevelt, vice president Wallace, Eisenhower and Truman," Bowersox said.

And, to go along with the show, Bowersox has written examples of correspondence that might have gone on between families and soldiers.

"I think it's very timely because of what we're going through right now with families separated from their soldier counterparts," Bowersox said. "And I think that's something that will touch people. It's how being in a war will effect people on a personal level."

To complement the performance, which will be staged at 7 p.m. at the High Prairie Church, school children are asking all area veterans to attend. The church is about 10 miles north of Tonganoxie at 16480 187th St.

"We sent invitations to a lot of different veterans groups, American Legions and historical societies, so we're trying to pull them in," Bowersox said. "Especially we want to make it a time that honors veterans. We'd love to have them wear their uniforms and just have them there so we can recognize them."

The children will sing about 10 songs during the hourlong program, and will wear vintage costumes.

Kathy Monahan will accompany the group on the piano, and it's likely the audience will feel at home with the music. The rundown of songs includes, among others, "Chattanooga Choo Choo," and "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree."

The public is invited to the event. There is no admission charge, and refreshments will be served.

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