The Orphan Train….True Iowa Story at the Sondheim

Written by on July 30, 2012 in News

Way Off Broadway brings The Orphan Train, a new musical with a true Iowa Story to the Sondheim, August 3 – 12
Governor Terry Branstad has declared August 12 as Iowa Orphan Commemoration Day

Fairfield, (Iowa) – Journey back in time to the turn of the century with The Orphan Train; witness the heartfelt stories of six young orphans who were forced out of New York and relocated by rail to Iowa in this new and exciting musical, based on a true story, beginning Friday, August 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sondheim Center.
Broadway legend Patricia Birch, who choreographed the Broadway production of The Orphan Train and the movie Grease among many others, lends her expertise and proven talents to this emotionally stirring story to truly represent the characters struggle and transformation.
The Orphan Train creatively presents a strong, real message enhanced with harmonized vocal and instrumental period music featuring Fairfield and Way Off Broadway’s own, Shannon Cochran, mixed with continually on-point, keen choreography, outstanding costumes, scenic sets and more.
L. E. McCullough’s The Orphan Train follows the stories of 6 orphans as they travel from New York to Iowa in search of new homes. The script is based on true stories, recreating such common situations as siblings being torn apart, a girl who becomes a successful businesswoman, a sexually abused orphan and a rebel searching for his own path. With brand new music composed by Broadway veteran and music industry master Doug Katsaros and lyrics by Michael Barry Greer, each story is given new life in the form of song.
From the hauntingly angelic opening number sung by grieving mothers to orphan Barney Collins’ angst-ridden Pious Chatter, Katsaros and Greer prove that they are a force to be reckoned with. Award-winning director and Broadway legend Patricia Birch will be heading this workshop production for Way Off Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts. Working directly with Katsaros, Birch will transform this piece during her time here in order to finalize a production for a proposed national tour.
Reserved tickets for Orphan Train are $28 and $38, students and senior tickets are $18 and children under 12 years are $12. Thursday, August 9 is Everybody’s Thursday with all reserved tickets $18. Tickets are available at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center ticket office, 641-472-2787 or

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