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By Tim Moore
Special to The PREVIEW
What would you do? If you were in a position to save a life, but by doing so, you risked your own and the lives of your family?
Could you live with yourself if you did nothing? If you made the choice not to help?
What would you do?
This is the central theme in Thingamajig Theatre Company’s current production of “Hidden: Stories from the Dutch Resistance,” playing at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts through May 26.
Set against the backdrop of the burgeoning occupation of the Netherlands by Nazi Germany, “Hidden” explores seven intersecting lives, inspired by true stories of rescuers and hidden children. The voices of the oppressed, the oppressors, and the quiet heroes come together to share their bold stories of defiance in this eloquent play celebrating hope and humanity.
Pamela Chabora as Miriam, the play’s narrator, leads an exceptional ensemble cast through memories of her involvement in the Dutch Resistance during World War II. Throughout the performance, the cast of seven tell their various stories, each compelling, and some heartbreaking, while others are full of hope.
“We all expected audiences to be moved by this piece, but the responses have been beyond my initial expectations,” says Laura Moore, director and ensemble member in “Hidden.” On Thursday, before our opening night, the high school presented an advanced student art show at the center and roughly 40 kids stayed for the final dress of ‘Hidden.’ The chorus of sniffles began about 20 seconds before the close of the play. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house at curtain call.”
Wade P. Wood, visiting from Denver, who plays the adventurous Piet in “Hidden,” added, “It was so nice to see these students take an interest in a historical event that is removed from them by generations. It’s an important piece and I’m relieved to see that today’s kids still take an interest in my father’s generation and the sacrifices they made.”
Two weekends remain for this powerful and heartwarming drama. Don’t miss it.
Thingamajig Theatre’s “Hidden: Stories from the Dutch Resistance,” by Christopher Willard and Jamie Bruss, directed by Laura Moore; features Pamela Chabora, Bonnie Hite, Laura Moore, Hayley Hudson, Wade P. Wood, Kenneth Breece and Tim Moore.
The show continues May 17-26, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
For tickets and information, visit www.pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW.