RVCC Theatre Sets Family Production Depicting Survival During World War II

The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg will present a true story of courage and survival during World War II as depicted in Catherine Wheels’ Lifeboat, Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m. The two-person production is the final installment in this season’s Family series, specially designed for audience members ages eight and older and their families. Lifeboat depicts the extraordinary true story of Bess Walder and Beth Cummings and their enduring friendship. On Friday, September 13, 1940, a ship, “The City of Benares,” set sail from Liverpool for Canada. On board were 90 evacuees escaping the relentless bombing and dangers of war-torn Britain. Four days into the crossing, the ship was torpedoed and sank. Only 11 of the evacuees survived. Two 15-year-old girls, Bess Walder and Beth Cummings, spent 19 terrifying hours in the water on an upturned lifeboat as they willed each other to survive. Lifeboat tells their story. The Scotsman wrote of the powerful, moving production: “…at the end the audience wiped the tears from their eyes and rose to give them a standing ovation.” The performance features general admission seating. Tickets cost $15 each. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org. Senior citizen, student and group discounts are available for most Theatre performances.