‘Hope Station’

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    Sophia Ross, left, plays Lady Ann Rockefeller, while Jennifer Plunkett plays Viola.

  • Bill Buley/The Garden Island

    Pastor Bruce Baumgartner plays the train station master.

  • Bill Buley/The Garden Island

    Anwar Ali, left, and Lance Kerwin are in “Hope Station.”

  • Bill Buley/The Garden Island

    Hannah Hoshide, playing Mrs. Hubbard, and Alina Evanoff, rehearse a scene from “Hope Station.”

  • Bill Buley/The Garden Island

    Jennifer Plunkett plays Viola in “Hope Station.”

Calvary Chapel Lihue’s Community Theater Outreach is presenting their musical drama this Christmas season, and invites the Kauai community to come and enjoy “Hope Station,”an original script.

It is described as a performance with music, laughter, “and a message of hope and faith for the holidays.”

The setting is Christmas Eve at a Train Station in upstate New York, during World War II. After getting trapped inside by an avalanche, the passengers discover that everyone has a story.

The cast of characters includes:

The Train Station Master; a reverend on his way to New York City to deliver an important sermon; a young runaway planning to make it big as an actress on Broadway; a wounded soldier returning from war; a young Jewish man and his pregnant wife who had escaped the Nazi invasion of Poland to start a new life; and a wealthy woman who’s been living her high society dreams, but still searching for real love; along with a supporting cast of both children and adults.

The director and actor playing the role of the reverend is Lance Kerwin, known primarily for his starring role in the TV series “James at 15” and the made-for-TV film, “The Loneliest Runner.”

The co-writer, artistic director and actress, playing the role of Lady Ann Rockefeller, is Sophia Ross. The cast of talented Kauai residents this year include Pastor Bruce Baumgartner, Pastor Anwar Ali, Jennifer Plunkett, Jason Hoyle, and Hannah Hoshide in their various vocal lead roles.

There will be five performances:

Thursday, Nov. 30, Saturday, and Sunday; Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9. The evening begins at 7 p.m at Calvary Chapel Lihue, 3-3100 Kuhio Highway, across from the McDonald’s in Lihue.

Refreshments will be available and there will be Christmas desserts provided afterward in the church’s youth center. Doors will open at 6:30, and the open seating is limited each night and sure to sell out quickly, so please secure your tickets as soon as possible.

Tickets are available for a donation of $7 and are available at the Word4word Resource Center, Bandwagon Music Studios, Scotty’s Music in Lihue, and Kauai Music & Sound in Kapaa, and all Lifeway Pharmacies.

Proceeds go to support several ministries here on Kauai and reaching around the world: Camp Agape Kauai, U-Turn for Christ Kauai, Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief and Gideon’s International.

Representatives will be available to present information about these ministries.

Info: 245-9673


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