The story of nine orphans shipped from the streets of New York City to small towns across the United States is told in "The Orphan Train," opening Friday, Sept. 21, at the Pulse Opera House in Warren.
Although the orphans in the play are fictional, the story is based on history.
Between 1854 and 1929, orphans roaming the streets in New York and other large cities were rounded up and placed on trains headed for America's heartland. The goal was to place the children with families, who would provide a home in return for help on the farm or with other chores.
The children were placed in 45 states, Canada and Mexico, with Indiana receiving the largest number of orphans.
Warren resident Barry Jamison, a musician, composer and teacher, has written a score specifically for the Pulse production of the play. Each orphan will tell his or her story about being picked by a family and life after arrival in the small town.
Performances are on Sept. 21, 22, 28 and 29 and Oct. 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. All shows are at 8 p.m. Special performances will be given for area schools.
For ticket information, visit www.pulseoperahouse.org or call 375-7017.