BRISTOL - St. Paul Performing Arts, the award-winning theater program at St. Paul Catholic High School, will stage an inspirational, true-life Holocaust drama next month.
“Angel in the Night,” by Joanna H. Kraus, is the winner of the American Alliance for Theater and Education’s Distinguished Play Award.
The play is the story of a Polish woman, Marysia Pawlina Szul, and her courage in harboring a Jewish mother, her newborn boy and young daughter, and another young Jewish girl.
“Many courageous people during the Holocaust risked their liberty and their lives to help the persecuted Jews escape the torture that awaited them if Nazi soldiers found them. Marysia Pawlina Szul was one such person. … Pawlina led the Nazi soldiers away from the family, hiding in a homemade bunker in their barn for two years. When she was discovered, she suffered unspeakable torture by the Nazis, yet she remained silent,” according to the description of the play.
“This play is inspiring, even more so because it is based on the real actions of one brave young Polish woman. The characters are lovable - we suffer with them throughout the play - and we are grateful to learn of love, respect, and adoration the Jewish characters feel for Pawlina, their savior during World War II,” said Mark Mazzarella, the production’s director.
Szul is honored in the Avenue of the Righteous parks outside Jerusalem and in Evanston, Illinois.
The all-student cast is as follows:
Marysia Pawlina (in the present and past) - Sarah Stanford.
Hanka/Freidza (in the present) - Kristina Posten.
Domicela - Sarah Lozinski.
Golda - Miranda Grustas.
Freidza (in the past) - Elizabeth Mazzarelli.
Henryk - Thomas Pauloz.
Tadeusz - Connor Lincavicks.
Mania (in the past) - Olivia Lanteri.
Bruno - Anthony Di Pietro.
Ernst - Noah DeFeo.
Stanislaus - Ryan Vaitkus.
The production is considered suitable for children in grades 8 and above, as it explores some mature themes. There are some disturbing images of the war on a newsreel film in the prologue as well as some scenes of violence involving the lead characters
Parents who have any concerns about the production may contact Mazzarella at 860-584-0911.
“Angel in the Night” opens Friday, Nov. 10, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 12, at the school’s theater, 1001 Stafford Ave. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday.
Tickets are on sale now. They are $8 for students, $15 for adults, $12 for seniors over age 65. Tickets may be reserved and purchased online at www.spchs.com or by phone at 860-584-0911.
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.