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Drama/Music Departments present “Independence Day, 1919”

The Ellsworth Community College Drama and Music Departments will offer “Independence Day, 1919” as part of this year’s River Bend Rally on Thursday, July 2. The production will be performed in ECC’s Kruse Main Hall, Hamilton Auditorium, beginning at 7 pm; the program is free and open to the public.

Organizer Danny Reams says the purpose of the program is to focus the public’s attention on celebrating our independence as a nation. The program includes music from the first quarter of the 20th Century, and will also be a tribute to those who served our country during World War I, 100 years ago.

Reams says the music is connected by narrative appropriate to that time in history, and many of the songs will be familiar to most older and many younger audience members. Popular WWI songs like “Over There,” “It’s A Long, Long Way To Tipparary,” and “O, How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning” are among those to be performed by a chorus. Audience members might also remember “My Merry Oldsmobile,” “Tea For Two,” “Come, Josephine, In My Flying Machine” and, of course, several patriotic numbers. Throughout the program the audience will be invited to sing along with those on stage.

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