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Local drama honours WW1 heroes


Local actors and musicians will perform an original musical drama next week honouring the sacrifices made in the First World War.

Photo by Mark Squibb/Special to The Compass
Cast members from the upcoming production of "For King and Country" rehearse at Bethany United Church in Carbonear.

“Last year we did a full musical concert, but we decided this year to do something a little bit different,” said Leslie Forward of Carbonear, who wrote the play. “So we decided to tell the history of Newfoundlanders in the First World War.

“The story needs to be told,” she added gravely.

“For King and For Country,” the title of which is derived from the Silver War Badges issued during World War One to service personnel who had been honourably discharged due to injuries, is being performed in partnership with the Honour 100 program. It offers grants and funding to local communities who wish to commemorate World War One veterans. The play will be performed at Princess Shelia NaGeira Theatre in Carbonear on Nov. 6.

“I think it’s a great way for our community to remember the lives that were given to give us the wonderful country that we live in,” said Dennis Seely, a lead actor in the play. “This is a time for us both to appreciate and to thank those that have gone on before us.”

The production, featuring an array of local talent, will combine dramatic narrative, musical performances, and historically accurate readings, all which tell the story of Newfoundland’s involvement in the First World War, with particular attention being paid to local heroes from the Carbonear area.

“Productions like these are important because it lets our community know about our past, and that’s something that should always be known,” commented Matthew Cooper, a cast member.  “The audience should expect something amazing.”

“It will be a very moving drama,” said Seely.

The cast of local actors represents a variety of ages and backgrounds. All are performing on a volunteer basis.

“We’ve got a fantastic cast,” said Forward. “When something doesn’t sound right, they don’t mind telling me. They work well together; they bounce ideas off each other.”

“For King and For Country” will be performed at the Princess Shelia NaGeira theatre in Carbonear on Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, which can be reached at 596-7529.

editor@CBNcompass.ca

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