Would you sacrifice your life so that others may live free? Would you give up everything to ensure the safety of others?
During World War II, the ten Boom family answered yes to these questions, secretly sheltering Jewish refugees in their small home in Holland until they were discovered and arrested. “The Hiding Place,” presented by One Way Productions, shares the dramatic, yet uplifting, story of Corrie and her sister Betsie ten Boom, who endure life in a concentration camp but don’t let that horror squash their spirit.
“Joy runs deeper than despair,” said Director Ingrid Laurentiis-Wilson, quoting a character in the play. The John McGrath Theatre Arts Scholarship recipient and SARTA Elly Award winning playwright wrote the play, with permission, based on the book “The Hiding Place,” written by Corrie ten Boom with John and Elizabeth Sherrill.
“There is so much in the script that teaches us to look up and not worry so much about what’s happening to me, but how to make the most out of what’s given to me,” Laurentiis-Wilson explained. “Corrie and Betsie ten Boom do not appear to ask why this happens to them. Instead they focus on what could be achieved in the midst of the evil they experience.”
Good does triumph over evil in “The Hiding Place” and also teaches everyone that they shouldn’t stand aside and let evil happen. Laurentiis-Wilson said she hopes people use this play as a base to talk with their children about the Holocaust. The play is not graphic in any way but does address the atrocities. It’s recommended for children 11 and older.
Though a heavy subject to handle, Laurentiis-Wilson said the audience should feel uplifted and empowered after watching “The Hiding Place.” “I’m encouraging them to stand up for what’s right,” she explained.
“It was hard; it was awful but (Corrie and Betsie) survived and became bright lights,” Laurentiis-Wilson continued. “Once Corrie ten Boom is released from the concentration camp, she opens up a rehabilitation home to hundreds of Holocaust survivors. She even expands her rehabilation work to include the people in Germany.”
Thousands travel each year to Corrie’s home in the Netherlands, touring the Ten Boom Museum and seeing the famous, hidden room built behind a false wall.
“The Hiding Place” comes to Three Stages at Folsom Lake College at 7 p.m. Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, in the City Studio Theater. The Sunday show is already sold out, according to Three Stages’ website. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling (916) 608-6888, stopping by the Three Stages ticket office at 10 College Parkway in Folsom from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours before each scheduled event or by visiting threestages.net.
At Three Stages, One Way Productions will honor 87-year-old Holocaust survivor Renee Tully.
The play will also be performed the weekend of June 13 at the Veterans Memorial Theatre in Davis. To purchase tickets for this venue visit 1wayproductions.org.
Young Betsie (Stephani Balmet); Karel, Fred Koornstra, Gestapo agent, Nazi and doctor (John Beach); Young Nollie (Rebecca Cataldo); Peter (Gabe Cox); Mrs. Hein (Hayley Cox); Mr. Smit/radio clerk (Michael Cox); Otto, Pickwick, prisoner/foreman and Nazi (Dyson Hanson); Bestie (Krista Mackin); Young Willem (Connor Means); Katrien/woman in black (Danielle Means); Prime Minister and radio announcer, Meyer Mossel and Lt. Rahms (Bob Nathan); Miss Smit #2/factory prisoner (Rikki Pratt); Catharina (Calista Roberts); Father (Jim Shuler); Mother (Jodie Stevens); Miss Smit #1/ factory prisoner (Audra Tucker); Corrie (Talia Vlaovich); Nollie (Claire Wheeler); Kik (Caleb Wilson) and Young Corrie (Corrie Wilson).