Traces in the Wind Presents at School Meeting January 25

Traces in the Wind, a four-person ensemble staged-reading and vocal performance based on the true-life stories of three Holocaust survivors, performed at the school meeting January 25 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre. The performance was held two days before Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is Sunday, January 27.
Dr. Gail Humphries Mardirosian, dean of the School of Creative and Performing Arts at Stephens College, in Columbia, Mo., created Traces in the Wind in 2015. Mardirosian worked with various Stephens theatre and musical theatre students to develop the piece. Tom Andes, a music instructor at Stephens College, composed original music and worked with Mardirosian to develop the lyrics; he performed with the company.

The stories presented include those of Charlotte Delbo, portrayed by Katherine Moore; Rosie Glazer, played by Clara Bentz; and Eva Kavanova, portrayed by Sicily Mathenia. The fourth character is the story’s narrator, played by Madison Dodd.

Laurie Mufson, director of the Burgin Center and director of theatre at Mercersburg, has known Mardirosian since 1990. Mufson saw the ensemble group in 2018 at the Czech Embassy in Washington, D.C., and talked to Mardirosian about the group coming to Mercersburg to perform and provide workshops for students.

“I’m excited to have the quality of artists in a collaborative event come to campus and work with students in areas of their expertise, while at the same time providing our community with a moving and thought-provoking performance focusing on the courage and strength of women to overcome adversity,” Mufson said. “It’s also a great example of how collaboration across disciplines can be a powerful tool for learning.”

The group, including Katie Orr, stage manager, and Charlene Sutton, company manager, arrived on campus January 23. Members of the group worked with classes in acting and mixing music along with the Jazz Band, Band, and Chorale, as well as students in the Springboard senior capstone class Creating Your Novel.

Following the school meeting, the cast had lunch and a Q&A with faculty and students, and hosted a clinic with the cast of Chicago: High School Edition.
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