Come From Away tells the true story of a small Canadian town of Gander, Newfoundland that took in 7,000 passengers whose airplanes were rerouted in the midst of America’s greatest tragedy on 11 Sept. 2001.
Although the town of Gander nearly doubled in population, the townspeople embraced the challenge with open arms to help strangers in need.
The citizens of Gander went above and beyond to care for the fearful passengers by cooking meals for them, providing clothing and housing, and showing sincere empathy towards them.
The compassion and integrity of the townspeople brought hope to the passengers during the devastating catastrophe.
The emotional, yet upbeat and humorous musical enhanced the positive aspects of a dreadful situation by celebrating the international community of strangers.
Through camaraderie, support and laughter, they were able to remain resilient in the face of adversity.
Whether it was through their dancing, singing or acting, the talented cast, comprised of only 12 actors, garnered the audience’s attention throughout the entire musical.
Since the 100-minute musical did not have an intermission, the cast members managed to power through the entire performance with the utmost energy, without ever leaving the stage.
Each actor successfully played a variety of characters, while simultaneously rearranging the set. The settings fluidly matched the fast-paced storyline that covered a span of five days.
From laughter to tears, Come From Away made me feel a broad mix of emotions. The empowering story highlighted the importance of kindness, compassion and sympathy toward those around you.
At the end of the day, we’re all human and can’t always conquer our struggles on our own.