Title

FINDING WILLIE

Lead Author Major

Theatre & History

Format

Oral Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Lisa Tromovitch

Faculty Mentor Department

Theatre Arts

Abstract/Artist Statement

A radio drama describing the search for Willie, a young girl who has disappeared after the death of her sister, Alva. Both of the sisters had been abandoned by their parents several years earlier and had struggled for their survival ever since. The townspeople suddenly realized that Willie was missing. She hadn't been seen in the neighborhood, at the movie theatre, or by the school for a very long time. Willie had always been "removed" so there was no satisfactory way to track her recent comings and goings even with the help of the sheriff's department and the federal marshall who were brought in to assist with the search.. This tragic tale about child homelessness takes place in the early 1940's in Marshall County, Mississippi shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Even though the citizens of Marshall County have been cautioned to remain ever vigilant in this World War II era, Willie has been allowed to slip through the cracks. Has she been kidnapped? Is she deceased? What is the significance of the yellow house? These are questions the searchers hope to answer as they gather to conduct a search of Marshall County. It appears that there may not be a happy ending in store for Willie? However, only time will tell what fate has in store for this young, orphaned girl who has no home to call her own.

Location

DeRosa University Center, Room 211

Start Date

25-4-2015 2:00 PM

End Date

25-4-2015 4:00 PM

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FINDING WILLIE

DeRosa University Center, Room 211

A radio drama describing the search for Willie, a young girl who has disappeared after the death of her sister, Alva. Both of the sisters had been abandoned by their parents several years earlier and had struggled for their survival ever since. The townspeople suddenly realized that Willie was missing. She hadn't been seen in the neighborhood, at the movie theatre, or by the school for a very long time. Willie had always been "removed" so there was no satisfactory way to track her recent comings and goings even with the help of the sheriff's department and the federal marshall who were brought in to assist with the search.. This tragic tale about child homelessness takes place in the early 1940's in Marshall County, Mississippi shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Even though the citizens of Marshall County have been cautioned to remain ever vigilant in this World War II era, Willie has been allowed to slip through the cracks. Has she been kidnapped? Is she deceased? What is the significance of the yellow house? These are questions the searchers hope to answer as they gather to conduct a search of Marshall County. It appears that there may not be a happy ending in store for Willie? However, only time will tell what fate has in store for this young, orphaned girl who has no home to call her own.