• SCFAC dinner journeys back to WWII with "War Bonds"

    Posted: October 10, 2011

    Author: Amanda Younce

    The University of West Alabama and the Sumter County Fine Arts Council host their annual evening of dinner and the arts with a presentation of “War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II” by EbzB Productions Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in UWA’s Bell Conference Center.

    Award winning artists Serena Ebhardt and David zum Brunnen fill the stage with wartime memories and nostalgic tunes. This multimedia, living-history cabaret is interspersed with actual veterans’ letters and headline news of the period.

    “War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II” was filmed originally by UNC-TV, North Carolina’s statewide public television station, as a companion piece to Ken Burns’ “The War,” an epic WWII documentary series.

    “My father was killed in action during World War II, along with my good friend’s dad,” said Walt Linne, patron of the Warren Performing Arts Center in Indianapolis, Ind., “It touched the hearts of all, mine included.”

    “War Bonds” explores the dark side of war and the strange juxtaposition of the light-hearted, popular tunes of the time. Twenty-two period songs lift the mood and juxtapose the anguish of war.

    Jim Cavener of the Asheville Citizen Times reported, “Splendid stagecraft displayed by both actors in this poignant pageant of music and words. This duo knows the twists and turns. Their selection of writings and the connecting narrative are a wonder to see and hear.”

    A pre-cabaret dinner will be served at 6 p.m. in UWA’s Bell Conference Center. The menu includes: bacon-wrapped filet mignon; roasted sweet potatoes with butter and cinnamon; steamed broccoli with cheese sauce; a house salad and yeast rolls.

    Desert is pumpkin bread pudding with rum sauce. Tea and coffee are provided.

    The cost of the dinner is $12. Dinner seating is limited, so reservations must be made by Oct. 31. Dinner is optional, and there will be seating for those attending the concert only.

    For more information or to make reservations, please call Vivian Hauser at (205) 652-3611, or after 5 p.m. at (205) 652-7718.
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