‘Bennington Goes To War’ Touchingly Revisits the WWII Era
‘Bennington Goes to War,’ stories and memories of local people who served during World War II, will return for one performance only at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 11, at Oldcastle Theatre. Based on interviews by the Bennington Historical Society, the show by Anthony Marro and Eric Peterson is told largely in the words of young kids fresh out of high school who, in a few months time, went from playing basketball on the Bennington High School team to fighting for their lives on the European front.
The Bennington Historical Society did interviews with many men and women who served in various branches of the military during the war. Their stories are heroic, frightening, humorous and very human.
‘Bennington Goes to War’ also tells the story of Leonard Morrison and the weekly column he wrote for the Bennington Banner, called ‘Letter From Home,’ which gave readers a weekly round-up of the goings-on around town as well as news about those stationed far away in the military. It managed to smoothly combine tragic stories of men killed in combat with reports of high school football games, the amount of snow on Woodford Mountain, the start of fishing season and airplane spotters in the hills around Bennington sing high-powered binoculars to peer into bedroom windows. “The show was first presented two years ago and was received with such enthusiasm and gratitude by locals, that we felt it should be revived,” said Peterson, Oldcastle’s producing artistic director. “The idea for the show came out of a discussion I had with Tony (Marro) following a talk he gave at the Bennington Museum. It became a real labor of love.” The cast is three long-time Oldcastle actors, Richard Howe, Christine Decker and Willy Jones. Tickets are $25 or $12 for students; admission is free for all veterans. For reservations, visit oldcastletheatre.org or call 802-447- 0564. Oldcastle Theatre is located at 331 Main Street in downtown Bennington.