SANDPOINT — The community is invited to a Living Voices production of “Within the Silence” on Friday.
Presented by the Pend Oreil Arts Council, the piece will be held at the Hartwood Center on Friday, January 13th at 7:00 pm.doors open at 6pm
With a mission to bring history to life, Living Voices combines live performances with archival film to truly represent the diverse perspectives of the past that resonate today.
“Within the Silence” tells the story of thousands of innocent Japanese Americans during World War II through the eyes of a teenage Emiko Yamada in 1941. Emiko is a second generation Japanese American living in Seattle, Washington. The grocer and her parents are involved as community leaders.
However, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the family was moved, along with thousands of other Japanese Americans, to the Minidoka internment camp in the southern Idaho desert during World War II. This performance takes the audience on a journey as Emi goes through this difficult experience and, after the war is over, she finally returns to American society to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher.
Tone Lund, Executive Director of POAC, said: “The play will be of particular interest to local audiences who are tied to Idaho history, and POAC believes it is an important story to share. Join us for live theater.”
Living Voices is also part of POAC’s Ovations program. This is a free outreach that provides a quality educational experience in the performing arts to students in the community who would otherwise not have the opportunity. The study guide, which focuses on the history of the era, will perform at multiple schools in the Lake Pend He Oreille School District before performing at the Hartwood Center on January 13.
Tickets are $18 for adults. $10 for youth. They are available at his POAC office, 110 Main St., Suite 101, Sandpoint. Call 208-263-6139. Or online at ArtinSandpoint.org.