October 23 2007
â€œWar Bondsâ€ is a musical journey through a war that redefined the world. This multi-media living history cabaret is interspersed with personal letters from the Front and headline news of the period. The production is a warm reminiscence and a harrowing reminder of a time that is not unlike the present.
Performers David zum Brunnen and Serena Ebhardt fill the stage with wartime memories and sounds. Actual veteransâ€™ stories create a sentimental journey back to the days when blackouts and rationing were a small sacrifice in order to obtain freedom. Patrons are transported back to a time when Rosie the riveter discovered she could take care of herself; a time when African-Americans, who were held down at home by Jim Crow, became war heroes overseas; and when a man's only wish was to be home for Christmas.
â€œWar Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War IIâ€ explores the dark side of war and the strange juxtaposition of the light hearted, popular tunes of the time. Twenty-two songs of the period lift the mood -- even as the atrocities of war are described. Old-timers will sing along and shed a few tears as time goes by. Younger audience members will enjoy a lesson in history that just might keep them from repeating the mistakes of the past - or at least handle them with diplomacy and grace in the future.
Individual tickets for the production, which is sponsored by Westminster Village, are available for $16 each. ISU students will be admitted free with a valid student ID. For more information contact ISU Hulman Center Ticket Office at 1-877-ISU-TIXS.
Upcoming shows in the Performing Arts Series, sponsored by UBS Financial Services, include the dance play â€œMovinâ€™ Outâ€ on Jan. 29, 2008; â€œBehind the Maskâ€ on Feb. 20 and the production â€œFrogzâ€ on March 5.
Contact: Jennifer Cook, Hulman Center Business Manager, (812) 237-3737
Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets are now available for the Indiana State University Performing Arts Series presentation of "War Bonds: The Songs & Letters of World War II" in Tilson Auditorium on Monday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 P.M.