Cheryl Palmour says the newest production at The Family Theatre in Columbus tells an important story.
“The Hiding Place” is a true tale about a Christian family who hides Jews during the Nazi occupation in Holland and they paid a big price.
“Here is an ordinary family whose members decided to risk their lives to help an oppressed group of people,” said Palmour, who is the director and plays the lead character Corrie Ten Boom.
The show runs Feb. 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17 at the theater on Hamilton Road.
“As I have researched and read more of Corrie’s life, I am more and more in awe of her,” Palmour said. “She was a licensed watchmaker, the first female to be licensed, and worked with (special-needs) children and adults to help them build up their faith. She never married. She was a woman of faith who spent her life expressing that faith in the way she lived. She was called a ‘Tramp for the Lord’ because she spent her later years traveling and didn’t have a home of her own until her late ’80s. Playing her is a great honor.”
In February 1944, the family, which played a key role with the Dutch underground, was betrayed and sent to a concentration camp.
Palmour says Corrie lost almost everyone in her family, but she spent the rest of her life going around the world telling people about her faith.
This musical is based on the book “The Hiding Place” written by Corrie Ten Boom along with John and Elizabeth Sherrill.
A movie was made about the book in 1977.
Family Theatre did this musical back in 2007 and decided to bring it back for its 20th anniversary season.
The cast for this show features Jim Shields as Casper Ten Boom and Jill Boyette as Betsie Ten Boom.
If you go
What: “The Hiding Place”
Where: The Family Theatre at 2100 Hamilton Road
When: Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 9, 10, 16 and 17. A 2:30 p.m. show will be Sunday Feb. 11. The theater opens 30 minutes before showtime. Refreshments are available. It is general seating.