A special moment came over Sandy Springs' Act 3 theater on Friday night.
At the end of the performance, “By Wheel and By Wing,” the actors, many of them teenagers or younger, received a standing ovation and took their bow. The actors then turned their attention to the small movie screen at the far side of the stage. In a poignant silence, audience members read short synopses on the lives of the characters.
Tears enveloped the room.
, who escaped to Russia from the Ukraine during the Holocaust. The parents, their seven children and a family friend, survived through love, will and determination.
Five of the seven children are still alive and were in the audience along with other family members.
After the final scene, emotion not only swept over the family, but the teary actors on stage and the rest of the audience.
on the musical production, Helen Kasten, whose mother Tonia, is one of the seven children, explained that it can be an emotional and personal experience to have your family story played out on stage.
It must also be overwhelmingly validating after the family's incredible life journey.