Showing posts from April, 2010

War Bonds: Linthicum, MD

Linthicum: Arts group offers 'War Bonds' By CECELIA HILDEBRAND Published 04/17/10
Serena Ebhardt and David zum Brunnen will present their stage show, "War Bonds," at 7:30 p.m. April 24 as part of the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum series.
The show is created from songs, letters and stories written during World War II and interviews with veterans. Young and old concertgoers will enjoy songs from "Lili Marlene" to "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "When the Lights Go on Again."
The stage show was filmed as a companion piece to Ken Burns "The War" and has been aired on public television stations across the country.

The performance will take place at the Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park.
Tickets are $22, guests of PAAL members are $15, and students accompanied by a paying adult are admitted free.
The association also recently announced its concert schedule for the 2010-11 season. The shows plann…

War Bonds: Laguna Beach, CA

Dear David and Serena,

I have gotten many phone calls since your performance on Saturday, all praising the work that you did in War Bonds.It was a fabulous performance and the two of you are fabulous entertainers.  Lets not lose touch. Call me if you need a road manager!!!!
With appreciation,

Millie Brown
Laguna Beach, CA Presenter

War Bonds: Morehead City, NC

David and Serena and Julie,
We have had many positive comments about the program Saturday night.  One person wrote that it is the best program we have ever had.  Since we have been doing this ten years that is quite a compliment. We will be checking out your other programs for year after next.  We will select a better date next time so I know we will need to get on your calendar sooner.

Peggy Brown
Carteret Arts/Morehead City, NC

War Bonds: Chillicothe, MO

I recently heard that 50% of Americans do not know what countries fought in World War II. After having “War Bonds” here, we think our local population could beat that statistic. We were thrilled with the quality of the performance and the ease of working with all of those involved with the show.

Julie Ashbrook, Administrator
Chillicothe Area Arts Council
Chillicothe, Missouri

War Bonds: Biloxi, MS

Saturday, Mar. 27, 2010
A patriotic season finale for Community Concert
Community Concert closed its 61st season with “War Bonds,” which offered theatrical renditions of World War II songs and historical highlights from a memorable era. Veterans of war and conflicts dotted the Saenger audience, many with war brides by their sides.  They heard familiar radio sound bites, heartfelt letters from lovers and a musical stroll down Memory Lane. This part of the program included “The Last Time I Saw Paris,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “This is the Army, Mr. Jones,” “Accentuate the Positive,” “Sentimental Journey” and “As Times Go By,” among others. Actress Serena Ebhardt demonstrated strong acting skills and a fluent vocal range best emphasized by her dramatic rendition of “Lilli Marlene,” a pleasing take-off of the 1940s icon Marlene Dietrich. Ebhardt’s interpretation of Rosie the Riveter clearly showcased her trained, theatrical background and working knowledge of stage moveme…

Dickens Food and Froth: Chapel Hill, Museum

Homeexhibitseventseducationabout events :    Party with a Purpose 2010 | Nouveau Night | Dickensian Holiday Event events: Holiday Event: Dickens Food and Froth Saturday, December 4th, 2010 "...Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine" Charles Dickens A dramatic and deliciously mouthwatering taste of Charles Dickens' greatest meals, this professional theater performance stars David zum Brunnen and Serena Ebhardt . Delight in the holiday setting complete with a Victorian repast replete with wine, wassail and the wonder that surrounds the season. Date: Saturday, December 4th, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
Cost: $60 per person, $100 per couple Reservations are accepted in the order of receipt of payment. Call or e-mail the Museum for details and reservations: (919) 967-1400 or "...there is no such passion in human nature, as the passion for gravy among gentlemen" Charles Dickens (919) 967-1400 / fax (919) 96…

War Bonds: Fayette County, Ohio

home : � news : newsApril 20, 20103/3/2010 7:28:00 AM Email this article • Print this article�War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of WW II� will be in concert Sunday at the historic Washington Middle School.'War Bonds' show comes to Fayette County
The Fayette Area Community Concert Association continues the 2009-2010 season with a performance of War Bonds on Sunday afternoon March 7 at 3 p.m. in the historic Washington Court House Middle School Auditorium. Tickets will be available prior to the concert for purchase. Ticket forms, as well as additional concert series information, may be obtained at the website

'War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II' is a musical journey through a war that redefined the world. This living history cabaret incorporates personal letters from the front and headline news of the period, exploring the strange juxtaposition of the light-hearted popular music with the harrowing danger of the day.

Created by award w…

War Bonds: Chillocothe, MO

Police and Fire Remembering WWII
By Amanda McKay The Chillicothe Area Arts Council presented War Bonds: The Songs & Letters of World War II yesterday (Sunday) at Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center. Performers included Serena Ebhardt and David Zum Brunnen with musical director Julie Florin. The stories used in War Bonds were actual letters and interviews of World War II veterans.

EbzB: Compliments

“David [zum Brunnen] –  absolutely becomes my great grandfather on stage!”
-Cedric Charles Dickens
Great Grandson of author, Charles Dickens

First of all, Bravo! for a terrific performance last Wednesday evening. I thoroughly enjoyed the show and was thinking how much it related to the Veterans History Project. I regret I got away that evening without thanking you for what you are doing…. keeping the memories of our WWII generation so alive through your performances.
Bob Patrick, Director
Veterans History Project
American Folklife Center
Library of Congress

Speaking of “War Bonds:  The Songs and Letters of World War II”, we are still getting comments about what a great event that was.  The Veterans really appreciated being honored and enjoyed the program completely.  The comments many of them made to the performers during our “Meet the Artists” reception were quite poignant and moving as they shared some of their own memories of that time in our history.  In spite of the rain and thr…

Life Is So Good: Compliment

The Paramount did more to improve race relations in Goldsboro, than any focus group or town hall meeting has in at least 5 years.  Thank you to Sherry Archibald and the Paramount for bringing “Life is So Good” to our town.  The two man play chronicled the life of Richard Glaubman, a man who learned to read at the age of 98.  The play was a poignant, yet humorous reflection of the history of racial inequality in America.  Ironically, through a weaving in and out of over 20 characters throughout the play, Mike Wiley and David zum Brunnen provide us a glimpse of true racial equality; even if only on that stage.  They each played white and black characters and were critical and sympathetic to both.  It transformed them from a white man and a black man into actors, with no affiliation of skin color.  The story they told was not black history or white history, but American history.  And as I looked around the audience, the equality that began on the stage was contagious to us all, as we be…

Life Is So Good: Paramount Theatre

The historic Paramount Theatre in Goldsboro presents Mike Wiley and David zum Brunnen in Life is So Good, the true story of a slave’s grandson who goes to school and learns to read at age 98. The performance takes place Friday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. The play is adapted from Richard Glaubman’s bestseller about 103-year-old George Dawson which was selected by the Oprah Book Club and received the 2001 Christopher Award for work affirming “the highest values of the human spirit.”
Paramount Theatre
Phone: 919/583-8432Event Web site:

In One Era and Out The Other: Chapel Hill Museum

ARTS BRIEFS 4 months ago | 186 views | 10th year for 'Holiday Cabaret'
CHAPEL HILL -- Join the fun at the "Dinner and Holiday Cabaret: In One Era and Out the Other: A Newsworthy Serenade" on Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Museum.

This year's holiday event is a musical time travel through the 20th century performed by siren Serena Ebhardt and musical Director Julie Florin. Ebhardt will turn the past into the present as she leads the audience through decades of headline news and popular song.

This casual cabaret places familiar songs in contexts you'd never imagine.

Come celebrate the season with a seasonal dinner, wine and a professional performance by award-winning Ebzb Productions. It is the 10th year of this Chapel Hill tradition.

The cost is $125 per couple, $70 for singles.

War Bonds: Lebanon, MO

You are both personality PLUS!  You have wonderful talent that just exploded all over the stage.  Seeing the “transformation” (a term used by Julie and Serena over the chocolate cake w/raspberry sauce) was an amazing experience.   I so enjoyed visiting with you prior to the performance, and you ARE exceptional to work with.  The band was awesome!
Our experience hosting your group was positive in every way.  And I don’t think we’ve ever had a note of thanks from performers prior to yours.

Most Sincerely,
Donna Brackett, Secretary
Lebanon, MO Concert Association

War Bonds: Town of Cary

Dear Serena, David, Julie & Band,
Thank you for the wonderful entertainment you provided the community of Cary on Friday, February 13! We have received nothing but positive feedback from those who attended. One audience member put it best when she said, “What a mass of humanity that filled our beloved cafegymatorium last night. This was a most unusual, poignant, and entertaining look back in time. There were lots of memories being shared in the VIP lounge as well as in the lobby at intermission and after the show.” What a gift you brought our community that night! Thank you!
You and your crew are special folks, and I feel fortunate to have been given the chance to present you and your work in Cary. I wish you nothing but the best as you continue to live out your passion to perform. I hope that we will get to work with you in the future, perhaps when we move from our “beloved cafegymatorium” to an actual theatre in 2011.

Life Is So Good: Sampson Stage, NC

The Sampson Independent
Actor returns to CenterStage for ‘Life is so Good‘ by Doug Clark
Bringing a show like “Life Is So Good” to Clinton is important to actor Mike Wiley.
Wiley has been through Clinton many times before — just last year the actor performed “Brown vs. Board of Education: Fifty Years Later” for eighth-graders in the area, and “Jackie Robinson— A Game Apart” for seventh-graders as part of the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center’s Class Acts program — and says he enjoys the area.
Because the Class Acts program allows children to experience these types of shows free, Wiley lowered his standard fee to perform both shows for the students.
“I have been in North Carolina for a long time,” he said just after a show in Goldsboro. “And I really enjoy Clinton, and performing all over the eastern part of the state. But the thing I see the most in eastern North Carolina and in the mountains, is that the students are left out in the cold as far as the performing arts. In fact, it…

War Bonds: Music, Letters Tell Story of WWII

Music, letters tell story of WWII By RICK BROWN, Hub Staff Writer 11/17/2008 Updated 11/17/2008 12:43:00 PM CST Email to a friendPrinter-friendly Courtesy photo
Music and letters weave a special story of the World War II era in ?War Bonds,? a cabaret-style musical production, at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Merryman Center. EARNEY — Music and correspondence help tell a special story in “War Bonds,” a cabaret-style musical production coming to Kearney Thursday at the Robert M. Merryman Performing Arts Center.  The show uses 22 songs from the World War II era, including “I’ll Get By,” “This Is My Country,” “White Christmas” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.”
Written and performed by David Zum Brunnen, “War Bonds” is a musical journey though a war that defined an era.
“This is two actors on stage accompanied by live musicians,” said Elizabeth Brides, president of Alkahest Artists and Attractions. “It uses a very simple set. Certainly bells and whistles add to a production, but in ‘War Bonds’…

War Bonds: in Tryon, NC

War Bonds in Tryon, NC
Pictures sent in by our Fans!

War Bonds on Public Television: Scheduled for National Distribution through American Public Television

War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II was recently filmed by UNC-TV, North Carolina’s statewide public television station to air as a companion piece to the epic WWII documentary series THE WAR by legendary filmmaker Ken Burns. The edited-for-television version premiered December 11 as part of UNC-TV’s North Carolina WWII documentary project and is scheduled for national distribution through American Public Television*.

*About American Public Television (APT)
With more than 10,000 hours of programming in its library, American Public Television (APT) has been a prime source of programming for the nation’s public television stations for 47 years, distributing more than 300 new program titles per year. APT milestones include distribution of the first HD series on public television and the 2006 launch of Create – the TV channel featuring the best of public television’s lifestyle programming. Known for its leadership in identifying innovative, worthwhile and viewer-friendly pro…

EbzB: Life Is So Good

Life Is So Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman
EbzB and Mike Wiley Productions.