(Courtesy of Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture)
The Akron-based Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture (CATAC), in collaboration with The University of Akron’s Theater Program, will present three April performances of “Lifeboat” by the Catherine Wheels Company of Scotland.
Two public performances of “Lifeboat” are April 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Daum Theatre in Kolbe Hall on the University of Akron campus. Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors and UA faculty, staff and alumni; and $6 for students/children. Call (330) 972-7895 to reserve tickets. A third performance for middle and high school students is April 14 at 10 a.m.
Written by Nicola McCartney and directed by Gill Robertson, “Lifeboat” tells the true story of two 15-year-old girls, Bess Walder and Beth Cummings, and their harrowing voyage from Liverpool to Canada as evacuees from Britain during World War II. Beth and Bess were part of a group of 90 evacuees aboard The City of Benares when it was torpedoed and sunk. The young girls spent 19 hours holding on to an upturned lifeboat in the middle of the ocean. Their gripping story of friendship and survival has received numerous international awards.
Catherine Wheels Theatre Company is an award-winning, international touring company that produces works geared toward children and young people. “Lifeboat” is one of the company’s most successful shows and is coming to Akron as part of a North American tour. CATAC will conduct pre-show and post-show discussions as part of the residency with the Scottish company. There will also be a workshop for youth at the company’s Balch Street Theater later this month.
This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from The Ohio Arts Council and General Mills Foundation.
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