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Holocaust Survivor Story of Fania Fenelon Depicted in Theatre Production

"Playing for Time" is based on the autobiography of Fania Fenelon, a popular Parisian singer, who was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. Becoming a member of Auschwitz’s small women’s orchestra, Fania experiences the horrors and degradation of the Nazi death camp, yet never loses hope, even as the Allied Forces are approaching, the killing increases, and the emotional pressure on those still living becomes shattering. "Playing for Time" is the story of the human spirit and a celebration of life.

Santa Ana, CA, October 17, 2007 --( Theatre Production Provides Firsthand of Holocaust & Auschwitz Camp Survivor

Beginning October 18, the Theatre Arts Department of Santa Ana College will feature a special production that tells the story of Holocaust survivor, Fania Fénelon, a popular Parisian singer who was arrested and sent to the death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The production, Playing for Time, shows how Fénelon’s passion for music sustains her as she experiences the horrors and degradation of the Holocaust. However, it is within the walls of the Nazi death camps, as Fénelon, and fellow orchestra camp members are literally playing for time, that this story of courage in the face of adversity is born.

The Santa Ana College production features five distinguished faculty members, including Bonita Jaros, noted mezzo-soprano, in the lead role of Fania Fénelon. Beth Hansen, musical director, plays Alma Rosé, famed violinist and conductor of the women’s orchestra. Professor Melinda Womack and staff members Suzanne Stump and Donna Dickens are also cast in the play.

Playing for Time is scheduled to run October 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, & 27 at 8 p.m., and October 21 & 28 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Fine & Performing Arts Box Office at 714-564-5661. For more information on Playing for Time and other Fine & Performing Arts productions, visit the Santa Ana College Web site at


About the Rancho Santiago Community College District
The mission of the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) is to respond to the educational needs of an ever-changing community and to provide programs and services that reflect academic excellence. Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College are public community colleges of RSCCD, which serve the residents of Anaheim Hills, East Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin and Villa Park. Both colleges provide education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, customized training for business and industry, and programs to train nurses, firefighters and law enforcement personnel.

Contact: Nikita C. Flynn
Public Affairs- Santa Ana College
Ph: 714-564-6475
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