Orphan Train is written by Michigan playwright, Dennis North. It brings together art and music in a beautifully woven piece of history and art!
TAKE ANOTHER RIDE! Leaving the station October 13, 14, 20 and 21, 2018 Directed by Lynn Wilde Concannon In the late 1920’s, close to a million orphans roamed the dirty streets of New York City. A very fortunate few were placed on Orphan Trains and sent west, looking for loving homes. As the final Orphan Train departs the City, a last-minute orphan is added to the cargo – a mysterious little boy with no past. The boy is guided and guarded by a “friend” only he can see. Worlds of faith and evil, love and greed collide as the train makes its way to Kansas.
Unique to this show, the cast will remain on stage throughout most of the play as they create the sound effects of the show, (ie; train sounds, whistles, wind, music, etc.)
FINAL CAST LIST FOR ORPHAN TRAIN
Nettie MacCleary - Katie Huber-Welty* Tyler MacCleary - Gary Thames Mrs. Leech – Claire Timko Mr. Leech – Jesse Yost J. C. MacCleary – Thom Mellen Hypacia – Stephanie Heslip Rufus –Thomas Pearson Grace – Christine Schoendorff* (performing on April 14 and 20) Grace – Tiffany Cogswell* (performing on April 13 and 21) Jake – Charlie Sweet Conrad Strachen – Sean Heslip Gladys Strachen – Laura Mandernack Miss Baxter – Lyn Summers* Reverend – Mitch Goldman Emmett – Thom Shea Faith (angel)– Sophia Acevedo*
THE LOCALS: Cashier – Katie Peavyhouse Palmer – Becky Cwiek Douglass/Willis Jeff Boyer* Dorene –Kathy Peavyhouse Maylene – Amy Goble Wilhelmina – Lydia Bolen* Harlen, Farmer – Ruben Bararra Train Porter/Town folk (act 1)/Auctioneer – Marc Jarvis* *In the band