“Bennington Goes to War, stories and memories of local people who served during World War II will return for one performance only Friday November 11, 2016 at 7:30pm at Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main Street, Bennington, VT.
Based on interviews by the Bennington Historical Society, the show, by Anthony Marro and Eric Peterson offers a unique view of history. Told largely in the words of young kids fresh out of high school who, in a few months time, went from playing basketball on the Bennington High School team to fighting for their lives on the European front. The story that journalist Tom Brokaw told in his best- selling book, “The Greatest Generation” has a local angle. The Bennington Historical Society did interviews with many men and women who served in various branches of the military during the war. Their stories are heroic, frightening, humorous and very, very human.
The documentary play also tells the story of Leonard Morrison and the weekly column he wrote for the Bennington Banner called “Letter From Home.” The column gave readers a weekly round-up of the goings on around town as well as news about Bennington people stationed far away in the military. It reported on who had been promoted, who had gotten married while home on leave, who had been wounded, taken prisoner or given a medal. It managed to smoothly combine tragic stories of men killed in combat with reports of high school football games, the amount of snow on Woodford Mountain, the start of fishing season, and airplane spotters in the hills around Bennington using high-powered binoculars to peer into bedroom windows.
“The show was first presented two years ago and was received with such enthusiasm and gratitude by locals people that we felt it should be revived,” said Peterson, Oldcastle Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director. “The idea for the show came out of a discussion I had with Tony (Marro) following a talk he gave at the Bennington Museum. It became a real labor of love for us and the cast. The reaction was overwhelming. After the show people came up to me with tears in their eyes saying things such as , ‘I had no idea of what my father did during the war. He would never talk about it.”
The cast is three long time Oldcastle actors Richard Howe, Christine Decker and Willy Jones. Tickets are $25.00, $12.00 for students and for this special performance all veterans get in free. For additional information or reservations visit the Oldcastle Theatre website or call 802-447-0564.