UWS Theatre presents 'Children of the Holocaust'
The University of Wisconsin-Superior Theatre presents "Children of the Holocaust" in the Manion Theatre on campus.
Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and Feb. 25, and 2 p.m. Feb. 26.
"Children of the Holocaust" is an original script written by Kathy Laakso, director of the performance.
"I wrote a play at the request of Cathy Fank, professor of theater, who knows I write history-based shows," said Laakso. "She also wanted this project to be offered to the community as well as to students. I chose to write about the children because there are many survivors who are getting older or have died. Many, as adults, later came out with their stories, which had to have been painful to do, and many have spent the rest of their lives working to preserve the memory of the Holocaust."
The performance, features a cast of eight UWS student actors and one community member, includes facts about the Holocaust based on research, oral histories and documentation, but told through theater to assist in forging a human connection.
"It is about children and how the Holocaust affected them," said Laakso. "I chose themes from my research — how children were saved by being hidden, how their lives were changed, the horrors they saw and experienced. Given that teachers of elementary through high schools are working with the university to bring their students to the performances, the play is written for a young audience as well as adults."
Research for "Children of the Holocaust" included projects from the UWS Department of Social Inquiry and Dr. Khalil "Haji' Dokhanchi, professor of political science.
"Haji Dokhanchi has worked with the schools and with his own students in the Department of Social Inquiry for about five or six years, creating awareness of the Holocaust and about refugees of war," said Laakso. "I've seen exhibits and a performance of 'The Diary of Anne Frank' by students of the middle schools from the past couple of years. I was very impressed with the research they put into their projects because it's important to learn these lessons that are from our past, but that could certainly happen again in the future if ignored."
Tickets for "Children of the Holocaust" are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and non-UWS students; and $2 for UWS students; $5 group rate for 10 or more; and $5 for youth 18 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office in Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center at UWS. Reservations can be made at (715) 394-8380. If you need immediate assistance, please call the Department of Communicating Arts at (715) 394-8369.