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Volunteers sought to share war poetry at Parkwood

Parkwood National Historic Site is planning a war poetry soiree to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Second World War on Nov. 11. To accomplish the delivery of the poems, Parkwood is auditioning for readers on Aug. 23.

Men and women readers of all ages are sought, since the McLaughlin Family Book collection will be the source for the war poetry pieces and these reflect the voices from the trenches, but also from the home front.

Auditions run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. the evening of Aug. 23, and are on a drop-in schedule. Interested readers are asked to arrive at the Carriage House on the north side of the property with a chosen piece of poetry or prose to recite.

Those interested in auditioning should be aware that if selected to read on Nov. 11, readers will be required to recite a piece of poetry selected for them from the Parkwood collection, and attend one rehearsal and a dress rehearsal, while being available to perform the evening of Sunday, Nov. 11. This is a community event and therefore there will be no compensation offered.

Parkwood NHS is located at 270 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa.