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Song of Survival

a drama with music


By Eleanor Harder and Ray Harder

Based on the book by Helen Colijn.



September 10 –12, 7:30pm

September 15-18, 7:30 pm

matinees: September 18 & 19, 2pm



Based on the autobiographical work of Helen Colijn, who survived three and a half years of internment in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp, Song of Survival is a stunning drama about a mixed group of women facing the harshest of conditions and the music they created to sustain themselves.

Present-day Helen, as narrator, faces herself as a younger Helen who is one in the group of imprisoned women. Today’s Helen wants to forget the horrors while young Helen, still living those horrors, argues passionately for people to remember – and never let it happen again. Among the prisoners we see humor, extraordinary courage and compassion as well as acts of selfishness and desperation.


But above all, there's music, glorious music, to unite them and give them hope.


In our production, 19 local actresses, ranging in age from 7 to 80, will share with you a seldom-heard story of WWII and give you another view of how the arts can sometimes be our salvation.


Join us for the opening show of our 2004-2005 season!



Individual Show Tickets For Song Of Survival


Dates: September 10-12 at 7:30 pm, September 15-18 at 7:30 pm, September 18-19 at 2pm.


Price: $17


Ticket Sales: Public ticket sales begin August 27.


Tickets are available in person at the Civic Center Ticket Office during regular business hours: 10 AM to 6 PM - Monday through Friday.

Ticket office is also open two hours prior to any Drama Workshop performance. Extended hours on days of Civic Center main stage performances. Call for details.


Ticket Office Information (not for purchases): 515.246.2320


Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster. Phone 515.243.1888 or at all Ticketmaster outlets.  Tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.com.