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Opinion column: THS’s presentation of ‘The Hiding Place’

Posted: Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

My wife and I attended the final showing of “The Hiding Place” at Torrington High School this past Saturday.

I wanted to tell you how I viewed it, but for you to understand my perspective, I need to give a little background.

When you look back over life, you will find you are able to make a list of the most important things you have ever done. For me, the most important decision was to become a Christian – to choose to walk in the fear of the Lord, following Jesus.

The second most important decision was who I married. Certainly no regret there, only joy in that choice.

The third brings me to the issue of this play. I decided, back in the early ‘80s, not to watch entertainment with anything I could not see Jesus enjoying or approving of. That decision has turned out to be one of the greatest influences on the course of my life. That is why I would place it at position No. 3.

After making this decision regarding entertainment, my wife and I went to a drive-in to watch a G-rated movie. The credits weren’t even done before they took God’s name in vain. That was a disappointment. We left and suffered a loss of the movie’s ticket price.

Sometime after that, we went to a walk-in theater to see another G-rated movie. It was a sequel to a previous movie. The first was good, so figured we weren’t risking our money like the drive-in incident. About 10 minutes into the movie, and immodesty and crassness made it another loser for us. I don’t like wasting money on shows I can’t even stay to watch. We haven’t been out to a movie or play since.

I saw the original movie, “The Hiding Place,” many years ago and read the book. When I saw THS was putting it on as a play, I really wanted to see it. I couldn’t help but wonder if the $10 cost for my wife and myself would be a mistake. We took the risk.

I am glad we did. It surpassed any expectations and hope I had. Being a high school presentation, I expected some pretty poor acting and simple stage sets but still hoped to have a pleasant evening. Each actor and actress stands on his or her own skills, but, as a whole, they did a wonderful job. They definitely pulled me into the story and carried the emotions. Bravo! Very Good!

Having not attended a play in many years, I’m sure the art has improved immensely since I last went to a show. Even given my naivety, I do have to say, it was wonderfully done. The set changes, the use of various medias to carry the story along was excellently done.

Finally, I did expect, though the play might be acceptable in lack of offensive material, it would be sterilized of the Christian testimony Corrie ten Boom wrote into her account of the time of the Holocaust. I was very shocked to see how faithful the play was to her book. Thank you for that.

The play dealt with heavy issues of the Nazi Holocaust. Though the subject is weighty, this play was well done and provided, not a laugh, but important recollection. It was good entertainment and a great choice for a play. The price for the tickets was very good and well worth it.

In line with the story behind “The Hiding Place,” I would like to close this with a popular Israeli expression, “Am yisrael chai!” (The people of Israel are alive).

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