Orphan Train portrayed on stage

March 30, 2014 

Nearly 250,000 homeless children from East Coast cities were relocated to rural communities in the Midwest from 1853 to 1929 as part of a supervised welfare program called the Orphan Train Movement.

This story will come to life April 4-20 when the Olympia Family Theater presents “Orphan Train,” a play written by Aurland Harris. The play, directed by Olympia High School drama teacher Kathy Dorgan, explores the stories of nine orphans who embarked on a train from New York City on May 28, 1914, in search of new lives in the Midwest.

The play will run at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Stage II. Tickets are on sale at olytix.org or the box office at 360-753-8586.

Dorgan said she would also be happy to provide tickets free of charge to anyone with a family connection to the orphan train phenomenon. She can be reached at kdorgan@osd.wednet.edu.

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