Relive the heroic story of a Jewish family’s flight to safety during the Holocaust in Larche’s adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newbery award-winning novel. While set during World War II, many audiences find that its themes resonate with the contemporary new stories of refugees and racial discrimination around the world.

Written from a child’s perspective, the play begins when Ellen surprises her best friend Annemarie by arriving unannounced to spend the night. Not long after, Nazi soldiers appear at the door looking for Ellen’s family, and Annemarie’s family claim that Ellen is their own daughter. Annemarie realizes that all Jewish Danes are in danger and their only hope is for their Christian neighbors to escort them to safety in nearby Sweden. Defying the law of the land, she steps up to help Ellen’s family escape…but will they reach Sweden before it’s too late?

Enjoyable ages 9 and up


October 12-14 and 18-21
Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm


AnneMarie Johansen: Emelia Shaw+
Ellen Rosen: Evangeline Vander Ark+
Kirstie Johansen: Grace Berlin*+
Mrs. Inge Johansen: Lauren Greer*
Mrs. Sophy Rosen: Kristin Tomlin**
Mr. Johansen: Jason Vandy Bogurt*
The Giraffe/Man with Beard: Griffin Booher*
Peter Neilsen: Dane Schweigert+
Samuel Hirsch/German Soldier: Aaron Siebelink+
Mrs. Hirsch: Nadia Karadsheh*
Uncle Henrik Knudsen: Wesley Swickley+
Woman with Baby: Anna Peerbolt
Gilleleje German Soldier: Dean Calkins*
Husband of Woman with Baby: Noah Simonait*+
Mr. Rosen/German Soldier: Sam Mulderink*

*First Production at Civic
+School of Theatre Arts Student
**School of Theatre Arts Faculty