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Child Actors Stand Out in Story of 1900s Orphans

May 16, 2009

Tacoma Little Theatre in Tacoma, Washington is producing the Aurand Harris play “The Orphan Train." There are 10 child and youth actors and seven adults, all under the direction of Nancy Wilkinson.

Set in 1914, the play is based on actual stories of the “orphan trains” that ran from New York to the Midwest beginning in the first decade of the 20th century. In 1852 the Rev. Charles Loring Brace came up with the idea of gathering children off the streets and the overcrowded orphanages in the slums of New York and taking them to farm country out west where they could be adopted into families. In Harris’ play nine stories are told as representative of those of the thousands of orphans who rode the trains.  Read more.