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Song of Survival
Song of Survival
"An incredible theatre experience … An extraordinary and vital story brought to life in a powerful and moving play. The play reaffirmed my belief that the arts can make us whole, sustain us, empower us to do the unimaginable." —Peter Troxell, KUSP-FM, National Public Radio

"A stunning drama … This is not a pretty play, it is a beautiful one. The Western Stage has earned it's reputation for fine theater over the years, and this is not its first premiere. It may be, however, its most impressive." —Register Monterey

"A masterful symphony of hope. Great theatre that touches the heart with its story and music." —Daily Californian

"Song of Survival is a gem of a stage show. The best. Not a dry eye in the house. Those of us who served in WWII as young men had no idea that prison camps existed for captured woman. The standing ovation was for them, too." —Daily Californian

"Song of Survival strikes powerful chords." —The Des Moines Register
By Eleanor Harder and Ray Harder. Based on the book by Helen Coljin. Camp score written/arranged/edited by Margaret Dryburgh and Norah Chambers.

Cast: 14w. (plus flexible female ensemble and chorus.) Based on the autobiographical work of Helen Colijn, who survived three-and-a-half years of internment in Japanese prisoner-of-war camps, Song of Survival is "a stunning drama about women interned during World War II in Japanese prisoner of war camps and the music they created to sustain themselves...A powerful and well-scripted depiction of an extraordinary story." (Monterey County Register) Present-day Helen, as narrator, faces herself as a younger Helen in the group of imprisoned women. Conflict results. Today's Helen urges forgiveness, young Helen insists that the daily horrors be remembered. Among the prisoners there's humor, extraordinary courage and compassion, as well as acts of selfishness. But above all, there's glorious music to unite them and give them hope. "Great theatre that touches the heart with its story and music." (Daily Californian) "Thrilling." (Los Angeles Times) Simple staging.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  SE4
Cast Size:  14
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  86
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  100 min.
Target Audience: Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 087129964X
Helen Colijn graduated from high school in Holland, went on a trip to the Dutch East Indies, and stayed because of the war in Europe. She was still there when Japan attacked in December 1941 and in March 1942 when the Indies capitulated. For Colijn, her father, mother and two sisters' internment began, all in separate camps, lasting three and ...More
Eleanor Harder, author and composer/lyricist, has written more than 20 plays and musicals, many with her husband, Ray. Their works have been produced in all 50 states and 16 foreign countries. A graduate of UCLA in theatre and music, Harder has received numerous awards for her work, was given a grant from the state of Michigan for a new musical, ...More
Ray Harder has shared scriptwriting roles on a dozen plays with his wife, Eleanor. Their joint efforts have been produced throughout the world for many years and have been translated into several languages. A former executive with a West Coast ad agency, Harder lectured in marketing management and creativity for UCLA for many years; he has written a novel, and ...More
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