The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Southern Mississippi will open its 2008-09 mainstage season with John Murrell’s play “Waiting for the Parade” Oct. 1 at the Martha R. Tatum Theatre.
“Waiting for the Parade” is a journey of five Canadian women struggling to maintain a sense of hope, normalcy and strength during a time of warfare. The play’s characters are women who develop a bond that helps them survive the turmoil, yet remain supportive of their country and the soldiers who have left to fight during World War II.
To create his story John Murrell interviewed women about their home-front experiences during World War II. The play, culled from their reminiscences, consists of five women, each representing a member of the Red Triangle Hostesses, a volunteer group that reportedly operated a U.S.O.-like center in a Calgary train station.
A character drama, “Waiting for the Parade” is a series of episodic, snapshot vignettes, where Murrell focuses on the women who shared a common purpose — to serve the war effort and, perhaps more importantly, to survive the war. This play reminds the audience that those wounded during times of war are not always on the front line.
Shelby Cade of Greenwood plays the role of Catherine. “While all the characters are very different, I believe the audience will immediately be drawn in by the strength, wit and charm that all of the women possess,” she said.
“Waiting for the Parade” is directed by M.F.A. directing student Yolanda Williams. The production will be presented at 7:30 p.m. each evening Oct. 1-3 and 8-10 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 5 and 12 at the Martha R. Tatum Theatre in the Theatre and Dance Building.
Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for Southern Miss faculty and staff, senior citizens, and military; and $6 for students. Order tickets online at http://www.southernmisstickets.com or call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 601.266.5418 or 800.844.8425. For more information, visit the Web at http://www.usm.edu/arts or contact Angela Kilcrease at 601.266.4988.
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