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South Simcoe Theatre production in Barrie will strike a chord with veterans

By Susan Doolan, Special to Postmedia Network

Patty, Jean, and John enjoyed idyllic childhoods until Britain declared war on Germany in September 1939. In Christine Murray’s play ‘War of the Unknown Warriors’, each child shares his or her fears, losses, and dreams. Performing the roles of the three children are local actors (left to right): Thomas Williams (role of John), Amariah Faulkner (role of Patty), Caelen Young (role of Jean). The true story of these children of war unfolds at the ANAF on Nov. 10.
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Patty, Jean, and John enjoyed idyllic childhoods until Britain declared war on Germany in September 1939. In Christine Murray’s play ‘War of the Unknown Warriors’, each child shares his or her fears, losses, and dreams. Performing the roles of the three children are local actors (left to right): Thomas Williams (role of John), Amariah Faulkner (role of Patty), Caelen Young (role of Jean). The true story of these children of war unfolds at the ANAF on Nov. 10. SUBMITTED

Christine Murray’s play has touched a chord among veterans, their families and friends.

She has been asked to stage the play at Sunnybrook Veterans’ Centre on Friday and will be mounting a local production of it at the Army Navy and Air Force Club in Barrie on Tuesday, Nov. 10. It is open to the public to attend.

It is the first play for Murray, who saw it come to life for the first time at South Simcoe Theatre’s Four Play event earlier this year.

“War of the Unknown Warriors was well received at Four Play,” Murray said of the SST audience. “The three children (now ages 78 to 87) about whom the play was written attended Four Play and were honoured with plentiful applause.”

War of the Unknown Warriors centres on three English children and the impact of the Second World War on their lives. Murray, who is also directing the play, was inspired by stories her mother told her about the war and they are included in the play.

For the other children, Murray searched farther afield, for people she didn’t know, until she found two who would fit with her theme which was to showcase the strength of children.

The play also has music, songs such as God Bless My Airman Daddy and White Cliffs of Dover which were made famous by the war. Music director is Thomas Faulkner; he is also appearing in the show as King George VI.

Murray has offered the play as a fundraising event for veterans and veterans' causes during the month of November. All of the cast of six are local and all have volunteered their time to do these two shows.

The cast includes two 2015 Barrie Arts Award nominees, Amariah Faulkner (appearing with permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association) and Thomas Williams, and is rounded out with an experienced actors, including Caelen Young, George Gibson, John Bleasby and Thomas Faulkner.

George Gibson, a retired Barrie/Innisfil lawyer, is the only member of the cast who was also in the first production at Four Play. He appears in the role of Winston Churchill.

The roles of the three children will be performed by Thomas Williams (role of John), Amariah Faulkner (role of Patty) and Caelen Young (role of Jean).

The War of the Unknown Warriors unfolds at the Army Navy Air Force Club, 7 George St. on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

The performance at the ANAF is open to the public. The tickets are $10 general admission or $5 for veterans, students, and seniors. Tickets are available at the ANAF, Murray Ralston Lawyers, at the door or to reserve in advance email info@muralproductions.com. Proceeds from this performance will be donated to the ANAF Veterans Club.

For more, visit southsimcoetheatre.com.



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