PEARLS OF THE PACIFIC!
The F-S Community Arts Council will be presenting the play Pearls of the Pacific, written by Franklin native, Debra J. Thornton on Friday, May 20 at 7:00pm; Saturday, May 21 at 7:00pm; and Sunday, May 22 at 3:00pm at the Goodnight Library Auditorium, 203 S. Main Street in Franklin. The play takes place from December 6, 1941 to September 2, 1945. It tells the story of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the years after, as we follow the lives of enlisted men, their wives, families and others serving our great country during World War II. The tone of the play is often somber, yet during difficult and challenging times of war, laughter and gaiety can sometimes be heard as lively jazz and big band music adds pep to their step and rhythm to their bunny hop. With the dawn of a new day, a new generation on America soil comes of age, that of bonding together for the war effort. During this time, we learned first-hand, there is indeed strength in numbers!
Pearls of the Pacific is sponsored by American Legion Post 62, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 62, Harristown American Legion Post 202; VFW Post 5706, VFW Auxiliary Post 5706, American Veterans (AmVets) Post 110, And American Veterans (Am Vets) Auxiliary Post 110. We invite all veterans to attend and will be honoring their service to our country. Admission for any World War II Veteran will be FREE with one additional FREE guest. Please contact us as soon as possible if any World War II Veteran plans to attend so we may reserve them their seat of honor as well as get their name so they can be individually introduced. Call Arts Council Director, Brownie Bennett, with that information at 270-776-5783.
Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for students and be purchased in advance at the Gallery on the Square in Franklin located at 203 S. Main Street 270-586-8055 or you can purchase them on-line at www.franklinsimpsonarts.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.
An Opening Night Reception to greet and congratulate the director and cast members will be held right after the play on Friday night at the Gallery on the Square. Everyone is invited to attend. The cast is as follows:
General Manning played by Roger Eldridge, Audrey Goodwell played by Sylvia Pulliam, Agnes Bentley played by Morgan Cook, Colonel Edward Bentley played by Frank Wakefield, Sara Jean Bentley (Sadie) played by Allyson Spears, Private Charles Michael (Charlie) Shaw played by Brett Kemble, Nettie B. Boyd played by Astria Cunningham, Ruby Begonia played by Jackie Taylor, Buford (Baby) Begonia played by Braxton Johnson, Imogene Taylor played by Amber Elliott Fyre, Mildred (MILLE) Miller played by Ashley Crabtree, Ikumi Atsuko played by Emily Dyer, Ella Sue Holmes played by Laura Schueler, Rose Steinman played by Brownie Bennett, David Steinman played by Nick Cook, Bernard (Bernie) Steinman and Jack Dimaggigo played by Gary Weilege, and The Chaplain played by Bob Gregory.