Bringing History to Life with the Original Play "The Star on My Heart" at Shore Cultural Centre

(L to R) Casey Wilcox and Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher meet to discuss the original play The Star on My Heart by Angela Miloro-Hansen based on Inge’s memoirs. For information visit www.shoreculturalcentre.com/events/thestaronmyheart

In November, 2015, an original play The Star on My Heart written by Ohio writer and theater director Angela Miloro-Hansen, will premiere at Shore Cultural Centre, Euclid, and Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, Chardon. The play is based on the true story of Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher. Of the 15,000 children that were imprisoned in the Terezin concentration camp, Inge is one of the few that survived.  

“The topic of the show interested me,” Isabella (Izzy) Glauser said about being cast as Mary Ann in The Star on My Heart. “I think the most important thing to me is that my great grandparents were both in work camps in Poland during the war.” Izzy, who is a 6th grader from Concord, goes on to say “this show brings me closer to them and helps me tell their stories.”

Two young actors have been cast to play Inge Auerbacher at different times during her youth.  8th grader Casey Wilcox plays teen Inge and 6th grader Milena Fernsler plays a younger Inge. Milena feels that people that attend The Star on My Heart “will walk out with a different view of the Holocaust, and feel more sympathy to those who had been in a concentration camp.”

In addition to performances of the play, educational outreach is planned for Euclid and Geauga County region students. Casey is looking forward to “sharing this story with may audiences. I think it is great that we have the opportunity to perform for schools and share Inge’s story with a younger age group.” Casey was fortunate to have met the woman she will portray on stage. She feels, “She is such a lively spirit and is one of the most uplifting and positive people that I know.”

Mikaela Klein, who is a marketing assistant at O'Reilly Equipment, is playing Inge's mother Regina Auerbacher. She said regarding the Holocaust, "There are so many different stories from people who went through it and the struggles they all encountered are each so unique."

Shore Cultural Centre was fortunate to have received an Ohio Arts Council grant towards a portion of expenses for this meaningful project. The OAC grant has a goal to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Performances take place at Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, November 13th through 15th. Performances at Shore Cultural Centre will be heldNovember 20th through 22nd, at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 2:00 pm on Sunday.

Inge Auerbacher will be in attendance for the Sunday, November 15th matinee at Geauga and the Friday, November 20th, evening performance at Shore Cultural Centre.

Inge Auerbacher will give a presentation at 8:00 pm at Geauga Theater on Sunday, November 15th, and at Shore Cultural Centre Wednesday,7:30 pm, on November 18th. Admission $10 or free with a ticket from The Star on My Heart. She is the author of six books, including I Am a Star, of which she will be happy to sign at her appearances. 

Tickets may be purchased directly through the venues. Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, 440-286-2255www.geaugatheater.org/events/staronmyheart, is located at 101 Water Street, Chardon. And  Shore Cultural Centre, 216-289-8578www.shoreculturalcentre.com, is located at 291 E. 222nd Street in Euclid.

Contact Chris Cipriani at 216-289-8578 for more information about the project, or to learn about student performances for schools

Chris Cipriani

Director of Programming and Marketing for Shore Cultural Centre

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 11:44 AM, 11.25.2015