Church To Present Musical Based On Holocaust Survivor’s Life

Date posted - August 16, 2016

Orange City, Iowa — The story of Dutch author and Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom will soon come alive to audiences of “ten Boom, the musical” in the sanctuary of First Reformed Church in Orange City.
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A cast and orchestra of church members will present the show, starting this Thursday night, August 18th. The show will run nightly at 7 p.m. through Saturday the 20th and then there will be a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday as part of the dedication of the church’s Project 78 facility addition.

We had a chance to talk with the production’s musical director, Tom Hydeen, who tells us about ten Boom.

He tells us how he picked this show.

Hydeen admits that the Holocaust is not exactly the first topic people think of when they think of musical theatre.

Director Leanne Bonnecroy tells us about the cast.

There is no charge for admission to the musical but a free-will offering will be accepted for a ministry to refugees by Samaritan’s Purse and for Project 78.

Bonnecroy says this is the first time the church members have taken on a production of this caliber. Plus, this will be only the second ever public performance of “ten Boom, the musical,” which was written by sisters Susan Meredith Beyer and Donna Marquean Griggs, who will be in Orange City for the performance.

For more information about the musical, contact First Reformed Church at 712-737-4909 or

Photo caption: Nancy Landegent, Christie Conover, Clark Pennings and Ron K. De Jong rehearse a scene from “ten Boom, the musical” in which the Nazis have just confiscated the ten Boom family’s radio.

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