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'A Piece of My Heart' Coming to SCC

Center Stage Theatre of St. Charles Community College to present play from March 2 to March 6.

The auditions have been completed, the show has been cast and now it's time for the The Center Stage Theatre of to perform.

The Center Stage Theatre will present "A Piece of My Heart," from March 2 to March 6, in the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building theater on the SCC campus. The show will be performed at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, through Saturday, March 5. An afternoon show will start at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 6. There will be a matinee performance for high schools students at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 3.

Based on true stories, the play follows six American women who served in the Vietnam War—four nurses, a Red Cross volunteer and a USO performer. When the women visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., 10 years after the war, they reevaluate their past. 

"I wanted to bring this play to Center Stage because there are not many plays about the role of American women in war," said Hal Berry, SCC professor of history and theater and director of the play in a press release. "The courageous women who served in the Vietnam War deserve to be honored for the many sacrifices they made, and this play attempts to tell their stories."

Berry is working with local chapters of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) on the production, who have endorsed the play as a fine example of what women face in the war and at home.

Former Army nurse and Vietnam veteran Kathy Perrin worked with the actresses.

"As nurses in the Vietnam War, we tried to smile and be as encouraging as possible, even if we didn't feel like it because we knew we had to," she said. "I wanted to make sure the girls understood what it was like over there."

A photography exhibit of the Vietnam War will also be on display, courtesy of John Hosier.

The production staff includes: Lonna Wilke, set and lighting design; Jeff Roop, sound design and technical director; Deborah Phillips, costume design, hair and makeup; Erin Haupt, musical coordinator; Chris Ferguson, combat choreographer; Jordyn Wofford, dance choreographer; and Christina Pohrer, stage manager.

Cast members include: Courtney Hooker as Martha, Samantha Bonomo as Mary Jo, Nicole Ortiz as Sissy, Tracy Bono as Whitney, Carlysle Garland as Lee Ann, Selena Steed as Steele, Jordyn Wofford as Jane, and Jason Flauaus and Brent Pollard as soldiers.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and college students with ID, and free for SCC students with ID.  Tickets will be offered at a special reduced price of $4 for everyone on Wednesday, March 2.  To purchase tickets, call the SCC Box Office at 636-922-8050.  For additional information, visit www.stchas.edu/calendars

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