The Our Lady of Fatima School Theatre Group is presenting a production of Ellis Island this weekend. Performances are Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m. in the OLF School Gym (225 Danbury Rd.). Forty-two talented students are part of the school’s production.
The author of the play, Cheryl Kemeny, says:
“‘America, open your arms to a poor wandering soul.’ These opening lyrics set the tone for this epic adventure. Set in 1907 (the peak immigration year) the show tracks the lives of several immigrant families and individuals as they trek to America, some escaping from tyranny, through storm and illness, in search of the American dream of liberty and prosperity. The visions and anxieties of characters such as Irish revolutionaries, Swedish, Italian, Hungarian and West Indian families, a Russian anarchist, and a Jewish ballerina escaping pogroms, are interwoven to climax in a double wedding presided over by Commissioner Watchorn at the Ellis Island kissing post. I wrote this epic show to give youngsters a sense of the joys, fears and hardships that our immigrant forefathers experienced.”
Tickets are $10 each and will be sold at the door. For more information, call 203.762.8100 or visit the OLF website.