CMU Theatre Presents Waiting for the Parade
Senior Kelsey Jeffries, a theatre arts major from Moberly, will direct the Central Methodist University theatre department's final performance of the year, Waiting for the Parade. The play runs Thursday through Saturday, April 26-28, at 7:30 p.m. in The Little Theatre on the campus in Fayette.
The play is free and open to the public.
The storyline centers on five Canadian women who are struggling to survive, physically and emotionally, while the men they love are away fighting in World War II. In a series of vignettes the play shows that those who are left behind in wartime can also become walking-wounded.
American playwright John Murrell built the story from interviews with surviving women of the war, wrapping and melding their stories into five characters who volunteer for the Red Triangle Hostesses, a USO-style relief center for soldiers passing through the Calgary train station.
The war provides a framework for this compassionate character study of women who served the war effort and the choices they made on a daily basis.
The women will be portrayed by Aubrey Taylor (sophomore, Columbia) as Catherine; Abby Bostic (sophomore, St. Louis) as Janet; Amber Sammet (freshman, Cuba) as Eve; Kayla Kelly (junior, Pleasant Hill) as Margaret; and Brenna Wheeler (junior, Pleasant Hill) as Marta. Jackie Hoffman (freshman, Naperville, Ill.) will serve as the assistant director.
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