The struggles – and hopes – of children with serious illness are in the spotlight as The Theater Bug opens The Barefoot Children in the City of Ward this Thursday. And Gilda’s Club is part of the proceedings too.
From the company’s press release: “Welcome to the city of Ward! The city gates are always open, as long as you know the rules. The city is beautiful, but holds a secret. In reality it is the pediatric oncology ward of Nation’s Hospital, one of the best pediatric facilities in the world. Join the children as they invite you into a world of their imagination that is sure to make you believe in the magic and strength of a child’s spirit. This show is proud to partner with Gilda’s Club, an organization dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. All ages welcome though this production will feature some mature themes about illness.”
The script and characters in the play have been inspired by real-life children and their families. Some of those children appear in the show, according to the troupe.
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The Barefoot Children in the City of Ward runs Jan. 31-Feb. 10 at The Theater Bug (2618 Gallatin Pk.). Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is a special Gilda’s Club benefit show on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. General admission tickets (Adults $10 and Children $5) can be purchased online at www.ticketsnashville.com or at the door with cash or check. Door opens 30 minutes before show time.
*Photo by Tyson Laemmel courtesy The Theater Bug.