March 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

“The Great War” — Phoenix Readers & St. John’s Lutheran Church – 7:30pm

Jim Epperson, retired Catawba Theatre Arts Department Chair, directs a moving program of the words of those who were there in the Great War.  This program was first presented in conjunction with the Rowan Public Library and the traveling WWI exhibit provided by the state of North Carolina.

As with the war effort, the program starts with the high spirits of saving the world in “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag”.  Then excerpts from War Horse and All Quiet on the Western Front give way to more serious matters.

We hear from an ambulance driver who describes the loathsome chore of cleaning her ambulance each morning after transporting the wounded and the dying.  Included is one man’s memory of the Christmas truce in which enemies shared a brief respite from the gassing, shooting, dying, and killing.

The Phoenix Readers’ WWI program closes with a nurse’s search for a friend among the wounded and a memory of many aunts by a man who realizes the cost of war to future generations.

The Phoenix Readers for the Great War program are Ray Davies, Karl Hales, Mike Kline, Kate Davis, and Lori VanWallendael.