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Number the Stars

Through the eyes of a child, things like a Nazi occupation, food shortages and the relocation of Jewish neighbors set up an incredibly confusing and frightening environment. The year is 1943, and Annemarie Johansen and Ellen Rosen of Copenhagen are 10 years old—they’ve experienced much of their childhood amidst a war. The Germans have been in their country for three years, but one day, the Jewish shops start closing and friends start disappearing. Ellen, who is Jewish, must live with the Johansens, concealing her identity as her family members run for their lives. Written by Lois Lowry, this award-winning book comes alive onstage from Laguna Playhouse’s Youth Theatre. Described as “theater for a new generation,” Number the Stars is a tale of strength, courage, and the wholly annihilating effects of war and oppression. Parental attendance is recommended.
May 12-14, 7:30 p.m., 2009


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