Remembering the Valley’s Bravest
Photo Credit: Victoria Tronina
It’s not every day that residents of the Madawaska Valley have the chance to witness a riveting and emotional piece of entertainment which stars members of their own family.
On this Remembrance Day, the Barry’s Bay Legion Branch 406 will be hosting the Opeongo Readers Theatre production called Remember Me. Director Barry Conway states that the production will share letters from the Valley’s veterans who fought in the Second World War. Conway, a Queen University English Major, explains that as a bibliophile, nothing compares to what he has read in those letters.
After taking months of sorting through a collection of hundreds of postcards and letters that our soldiers sent home, Conway went to work. He mentions that it was very time consuming to work out some of the details such as researching every military acronym used in the letters. Conway says “The real content of those stories are just unbelievably both heartbreaking, in the case of Phil Biernaskie who never made it back, and wonderful, in the case of Max Skebo who is the most loquacious, interesting, sad, happy, tragic character you will hear about on Sunday”. The other soldiers that audience members will meet are Ambrose Burchat and Sigmund Ziggy Kutchcoski.
Having an impressive resume in media and in language arts, Conway says that you’re going to feel a lot of different emotions over the course of the 90 minute reading. He argues that you don’t have to be sad on Remembrance Day as the letters that were recovered are filled with good humor and it would be a crime against humanity not to remember the men in that way.
The Opeongo Readers Theatre crew includes 16 members who are all voice performers. If you can’t make it to the Barry’s Bay Legion on Sunday (at 3:00PM), you can catch them at 3 other locations in the Valley.
Thursday November 8th at the Whitney Public Library at 3:00PM.
Saturday November 10th at the Madawaska Valley Public Library at 2:00PM.
Monday November 12th at the Maynooth Public Library at 2:00PM.