- Thursday | June 3, 2021
- 11:30 am
Thursday, June 3 11:30 a.m.
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Meeting ID: 863 810 961
OVER THERE: SONG AND LETTERS OF WWI: A FULLY STAGED ONE MAN SHOW w/ NEILL HARTLEY
Neill Hartley presents a captivating one–man show featuring iconic songs and letters from World War I. This fully staged program will present the remarkable stories of the war, told in the words of the men and women who lived it. Entertaining and informative for audience of all ages.
During WW1, Americans young and old threw their collective energy into the war effort. Patriotic loyalty and “Americanism” pervaded the country. Songs, letters and articles kept Americans abreast of the war efforts. During the war, letter writing was the main form of communication between soldiers and their loved ones, helping to ease the pain of separation.
At home, American songwriters were exempt from the national policy of paper rationing. Sheet music was as important as arms production. Songs such as “Over There” and “Pack up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag” embodied the American spirit, and have been passed from generation to generation.
Following the performance, there is a short informational section about the time period, followed by a question and answer with the audience.
The presentation can be easily be adapted to fit a time slot from 40 minutes to one hour and may include any and all parts listed above. Age suitability for the show ranges from age 6 to adult, and the group size is flexible.
Neill Hartley is professional actor who has performed with many local and regional theaters and is on the theater faculty of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.”We’ll be over, we’re coming over, And we won’t come back till it’s over, over there.”