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Alice's Gift
Victoria, BC
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Alice's Gift
"Music was our food"

Alice Herz-Sommer was born in Prague and lived through World War 2 playing piano recitals in the Theresienstadt ghetto. At the time of her death, at 110 years of age, she was the world's oldest Holocaust survivor. Besides having a remarkable story of a cultured upbringing, and a story of endurance and survival, Alice had an extraordinary ability to embrace life and the people she met. In the play, the audience is warmly invited into her living room and given the opportunity to hear some of her stories, her music and her simple but profound wisdom.

This one-act musical play will be performed by Lina de Guevara, with Charlotte Ridgway, pianist, adding the music that was her passion and her unique tool for survival. Directed by Kate Rubin.

Lina was the founder and Artistic Director of Puente Theatre until her retirement in 2011, and is well known to Victoria audiences for her original work with immigrants and bringing a cultural awareness to the city through innovative approaches to theatre. Her most recent work was as director for "River of Time" at last May's Uno Festival. Charlotte Ridgway is an accomplished pianist, teacher, collaborative musician, and former music director for South Simcoe Theatre. Since moving to Victoria to "retire", she is busier than ever, teaching and "playing".  Kate Rubin has had a longstanding involvement in the Victoria theatre community. Her most recent work as a director is with William Head on Stage, Intrepid Theatre's Uno Festival and the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival.

The play integrates the music of Chopin, Beethoven, Bach and others, and is the latest of Elisabeth Wagner's unique form of theatrical and musical presentations. Previous shows were "The Passionate Muse: The Life and Music of Pauline Viardot-Garcia", "The House on Middagh Street" and "Earthly Delights: A Day in the Life of Colette".

We look forward to sharing the inspiring life and music of Alice Herz-Sommer with you!

The play runs 60 minutes. The venue has general seating.

There will be a Question and Answer session following the Nov 5 matinee, and the Nov 11 performances.


1923 Fernwood Road (across from the Belfry)
Victoria, BC V8T 2Y6


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Music > Classical

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Bell'Arte Music Drama
On BPT Since: Aug 31, 2016
Bell'Arte Music Drama

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