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CHRISTIAN LIFE IN LONDON | SPRING 2024 EDITION
WWII Hero Corrie Ten Boom Comes to Life Like Never Before
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By Helena Smrcek



The Hiding Place is a captivating, filmed stage-play adaptation, of a heroic true story of Corrie Ten Boom and her family. Adapted for the stage by A. S. Peterson and directed for the stage by Matt Logan.

The Rabbit Room Theatre, Matt Logan Productions and MA2LA, in partnership with Trafalgar Releasing, present The Hiding Place to Canadian audiences on Aug. 3 and Aug. 5., in selected theatres only.

The Hiding Place was filmed live for cinema audiences at the Soli Deo Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The film is directed by Laura Matula.

This unique cinematic experience tells a story of the Ten Boom family, who risked everything to hide Jewish refugees by the hundreds during World War II before being discovered and ultimately facing the consequences.

The film stars Nashville stage actress Nan Arnold Gurley (A Streetcar Named Desire, Gypsy, Hello Dolly!) as Corrie Ten Boom; Broadway, film and television veteran Conrad John Schuck (M.A.S.H., Annie, Nice Work If You Can Get It) as Casper Ten Boom; and actress and singer Carrie Tillis (Keep on the Sunny Side, The Tammy Wynette Story) as Betsie Ten Boom.

The stellar performance of the cast takes the audience on a journey as it tells a powerful true story. We watch as the on-stage characters come to life, telling their story of true heroes of WWII. This community of everyday people decided to fight evil with love, no matter the cost.

Choosing the stage theatre production to portray the heart of the story through great acting, simple stage sets, and the emphasis on the characters, highlights the main message. The sophisticated use of light and sound, as well as powerful symbolism, completes the illusion, that captivates the hearts of the audience.

Based on the internationally bestselling memoir by Corrie Ten Boom, which has sold millions of copies worldwide, this cinematic event is a living monument paying homage to the brave who resisted the oppression of the Nazi regime.

It honors the memory of the men and women, living in a small Dutch community. They chose to follow the example of Jesus Christ, not only in helping the innocent victims of hatred, but ultimately, through their faith, found strength to forgive the perpetrators of the unimaginable evil that gripped the world. This Filmed Stage Play beautifully elevates the Christian and Jewish faith, as the most powerful force that propels us to love, no matter who stands before us. It portrays the real struggle of believers to reconcile the beautiful promises of the Bible, with the cruel and hopeless reality of war.

The story raises countless questions but doesn’t serve up ready-to-repeat answers, allowing the audience the privilege of self-reflection. What would each of us do if faced with impossible choice? Would love be the first, and the only answer?

This timely production is a must see, especially for younger audiences, as the memory of the WWII atrocities must never fade away. Our world faces many burning issues, yet remembering the fanaticism, hatred, the absence of love, mercy and basic humanity is our duty.

The Hiding Place, will be in select Canadian theatres on Aug. 3 and Aug. 5. Tickets are available now at thehidingplacefilm.com.



About the author...
Helena Smrcek
, a journalist, author, and screenplay writer, believes in the power of a well-told story. Her readers can expect a captivating page-turner, filled with thrilling suspense, and heartwarming romance.

She started in publishing as a high school student, freelancing for Mississauga News. Her journalism carrier took off in 1999. Within three years Helena accumulated over 100 by-lines and interviewed Ann Graham Lotz, Carol Lewis, Cec Murphey, Kelita, and others. Her stories, many of them covers, have been published in Canada, the USA, Bermuda, New Zealand, and Australia. In 2002 she accepted a position at Listen Up TV, a current affairs program.

Helena became a founding member of Write!Canada, and The Word Guild, a Canadian national association of writers and editors. She is a graduate of Jerry Jenkin’s Craftsman Class, Act One, Donald Maass’ Fire in Fiction, Writer’s Police Academy, and several mentoring programs.

She regularly attends writers’ conferences and is a past or current member of such organizations as Word Weavers, American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, Toast Masters International, Boni, The Writer’s Guild, and others. Helena loves to participate in NaNoWriMo and hosts a writers’ group.

As an entrepreneur, she is familiar with marketing, branding, and social media. She has volunteered with YMCA, mentoring new Canadians pursuing their business dreams, and was an active member of her local Chamber of Commerce.

When not at her keyboard, Helena loves listening to audiobooks, working on her hobby farm, and traveling. She lives in Southern Ontario with her husband, three Vizslas, several cats, a herd of goats, and an undisclosed number of chickens.

For more about Helena, click HERE