by Michele Stevens Bernard, TSB Entertainment Writer
This holiday weekend, treat the family to an exceptionally moving experience. McKinney’s Young Actors Guild presents Michael Slade’s, “And A Child Shall Lead”, at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. The play tells the heroic true story of a remarkable group of children coming of age in Terezin, a “Jewish City” established by Hitler’s Third Reich near Prague, as a way station before the death camps.
“It’s a very powerful play, all true” says Jake Correll, the play’s director and founder of YAG, “It’s about children and the terrorism of the concentration camp.”
The play follows eight children who use creativity to build a world of hope. Through study, making art, and even writing an underground newspaper under penalty of death, the children embark on a harrowing quest to survive the unspeakable horrors they face.
“Of over the 15,000 children that were there, only 500 survived the war,” says Correll.
The Young Actors Guild cast for “And A Child Shall Lead” features actors between the ages of 10 and 17. In order to better understand the children and the world they depict, YAG actors recently visited the Dallas Holocaust Museum, where they were able to learn from and study the actual poems and artwork of the children they portray. The museum currently features the exhibit, “Poetry and Drawings of Children of Terrorism”.
As an added bonus, those who attend YAG’s Saturday matinee, are invited to an exclusive presentation from holocaust survivor, Max Glauben, who will share his personal experience of survival. Glauben, was only 10 when war broke out, and is a survivor of the Warsaw ghetto, as well as, of five different death camps. His presentation will take place at 2:00 p.m., prior to the show.
The play runs throughout the Passover/Easter weekend, with showtimes as follows:
Friday, April 6th at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 7th at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 8th at 2:30 p.m.
Ticket price is $11.00 for adults and $6.50 for children, and may be purchased by calling 214-544-4630 or by clicking here.