A Swingin’ Musical Tribute to WWII, and the women our guys fell for ‘over there’!
Port Perry, Ontario, October 29th, 2016 marks the 70th anniversary of the arrival of WWII War Brides in Canada, and SCS Musicals led by playwright/director Liz Auston is in the last throws of rehearsals, preparing to wow the crowds with the revival of OPERATION DADDY: Here Come the War Brides!, a theatrical tribute to WWII and the girls who followed their hearts to Canada!
Just announced is a special Celebration & Performance Evening on November 18th! On that date, show producers are hosting a Celebration Evening, including a 7p.m. pre-show party and official Opening Night performance, at 8p.m. SCS is thrilled that a couple of those War Brides (those Liz had interviewed in creating the show in 2006) &/or a family representative, may be in attendance, taking a bow in recognition of their inspiration of the show.
Sadly, most of the 25 women Auston interviewed in 2006 are now passed away, or are physically unable to travel, but it is hoped that a couple of these women who have been reached, now in their 90s, will feel well enough to attend. The experiences and memories of these women will soon all be lost. SCS is proud to have these ladies participate on November 18th, as part of the Celebration Evening. Municipal and higher government delegates have been invited, along with the press, and we are anticipating Veteran Affairs Canada will attend as well. The goal is a lovely evening that celebrates the show and honours Canada’s War Brides, particularly the ladies whose stories inspired this production.
November 18th also would have been Auston’s War Bride Grandmother’s birthday, and it was her stories of being a War Bride that originally inspired the idea of a tribute musical, even though Sarah had passed away in 1989.
“It’s like she will be there with us,” says Auston, “this would have made her so happy, and that makes it all feel emotionally right, somehow.”
The evening starts at 7p.m., in the Patron Lounge at Town Hall 1873, and includes refreshments, a good old War Time sing-a-long and ‘meet members of the cast’, with lots of mingling and photos. The theme is a British tea, complete with Celebration cake and treats, and the show starts promptly at 8p.m. Anyone who has purchased a ticket to attend the show that night may attend, at no additional charge!
Operation Daddy: Here Come the War Brides! Delivers a musical journey through the Canadian War Bride experience, backed by a musical score of 40’s inspired musical numbers and war anthems of the era! The show is produced by SCS Musicals, performing at Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts, November 17th-26th, 2106. Written, directed and choreographed by Scugog’s Liz Auston, with music direction by Alissa Smith, also of Scugog.
Cupid's Historic Role: As World War II ended, Canadian troops were sent back home. In 1946, nearly 50,000 women and 24,000 children were transported to Canada on specially re-outfitted luxury ocean liners and war ships, to be reunited with husbands and fathers. The press aptly coined this reuniting effort “Operation Daddy”, and it remains the largest, most unique immigration endeavor ever to be coordinated by the Canadian government.
Performances of Operation Daddy are November 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, and 26th, 2016; Thurs. to Sat. each week, at 8p.m., with matinees Nov. 19th and 26th at 2p.m. Tickets are $26 each or $78 for a 4-pack; Preview Night is Nov. 17th, with tickets just $18!
On sale now at Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts, 302 Queen St., Port Perry; 905-985-8181, or online at www.townhall1873.ca