Coming off the resounding success of its annual Living Nativity production, Willow Park Church is gearing up to present the Canadian premiere of Return to The Hiding Place.
Willow Park Church, which is located on Highway 33 in Kelowna, is hosting four free performances of Return to The Hiding Place, which is a story about faith, resilience and forgiveness. The shows will be performed at the end of January.
The Hiding Place is a well-known book that tells the true story of Corrie Ten Boom, a Dutch woman whose family hid Jewish people from the German army during the Second World War. Ten Boom and her sister, Betsie, got caught and ultimately ended up in Ravensbruck, a notorious concentration camp.
The production begins when Ten Boom returns to Holland and her family’s shop. It examines the story not only from Ten Boom’s viewpoint but also from the angle of a depressed German soldier she came into contact with during her captivity. How do they both regard their families, their faith, the Jewish people and the occupation of Holland? They begin in different worlds but eventually come face to face with each other.
“He comes to her for forgiveness,” Willow Park Church lead pastor Phil Collins says. “It’s a story of forgiveness. It’s a story of endurance. It’s a story of resilience. It’s a story of how faith is lived out in reality and not just in theory.
“It encapsulates faith and how faith and Christianity should be lived out.”
David Robinson, who directed the Living Nativity production in December, will act this time around alongside Judy Moore, who will perform the role of Ten Boom.
“She’s played the role for probably the last 25 years in different ways around the British Isles and events like Edinburgh Fringe to great acclaim,” Collins says.
What makes the Canadian premiere of this production even more notable is that one of the performances will happen on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is Friday, Jan. 27.
Show times are 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28. There will also be a 2 o’clock matinee on Saturday.
Even though the shows are free, Willow Park is encouraging patrons to claim their tickets here.
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