Date(s) - 05/21/2019 - 05/22/2019
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Little Lakes Community Association has partnered with the Honeoye Community Players to produce three events under the title of the “Voices of Vets,” that was recently awarded a grant by the Genesee Valley Council of the Arts. The series honors the courage and sacrifices of veterans, particularly women, who have served our country, but whose contributions may have been under appreciated in the past.
The centerpiece of the series is the production of the play, “A Piece of My Heart” by Shirley Lauro, which tells the true stories of seven women who served in Vietnam. A simple set and minimal costuming are used to suggest the changes in time and place as the women each experience the war and their difficult return to civilian life. The play has been presented thousands of times here and abroad, and has been honored by the Vietnam Vets Association as “The most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation.” The play will be presented on July 12 and 13, at 7 p. m. and July 14 at 3 p. m. in the Little Lakes Community Center, on Main Street in Hemlock. Auditions for the play will be held at LLCC on May 21 and 22 from 6:30 until 9:00 p. m. Both men and women actors are being sought of various ages and ethnicities. No previous acting experience is required. Volunteers to serve on the stage crew are also welcome. If you have questions about the play or preparations for the auditions, you are welcome to call the director, Bonnie Sykes at (585)703-7536.
Leading up to the play and in celebration of International Women’s Day, local storyteller, Cris Reidel presented her program, “Women Can,” in March at LLCC. In this family-friendly evening, she related traditional folk stories where women are the heroes in the tales to an enthusiastic audience.
On May 18, Armed Forces Day, veterans will be given the opportunity to tell their own stories in an evening gathering at the center. Volunteers from LLCA are reaching out to various veterans’ organizations to get out the word that their neighbors and fellow vets want to hear about their experiences, whether during the service or after. Women vets are especially being sought, but all veterans are welcome to participate.
The production staff for the play is also looking for gently used military clothing, ensignia, duffle bags and other military issued items from the Vietnam era to be donated or borrowed.
For more information, contact LittleLakesNY.org or call (585) 367-1046 and leave a message.