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Alice's Gift
Private residence
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 Elisabeth Wagner, 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. Writer/producer Elisabeth Wagner is a pianist and singer. She is the creator of Bell'Arte Music Drama, a a unique blending of theatre, music and the literary arts. 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 musical plays and productions. Previous shows were "The Passionate Muse: The Life and Music of Pauline Viardot-Garcia", "The House on Middagh Street", "Earthly Delights: A Day in the Life of Colette", and "Wanderlust: Songs of Travel, Solitude and Homecoming."

This play was seen in November 2016 in Victoria---
"An inspiration on so many levels,"
"Simply magnificent"
"I felt I was having a conversation with Alice",
"A poignant, inspiring and uplifting memoir, and a beautifully crafted tribute to an extraordinary woman"
--- are just a few comments from previous audiences.

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. Sorry, no wheelchair access but there is a lovely garden. There will be a short Question & Answer session following the performance.


Private residence
2875 Tudor Ave
Victoria, BC V8N 1L6


Arts > Theatre
Music > Classical

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


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