Lifehouse Theater held its first première of the year on Saturday, Jan. 11, with its opening of “Women Warriors,” which tells the story of seven remarkable women who did extraordinary things that changed the world. The performance is written and performed by Annette Hubbell, which is adapted from her book “Eternity Through the Rearview Mirror.”
Hubbell plays all seven women, which include Harriett Beecher Stowe, Elizabeth Fry, Mary McLeod Bethune, Amy Carmichael, Corrie ten Boom, Gladys Aylward and Sojourner Truth.
Emmy-Award winning director and former director for CBS News Sue Ann Staake sits in the directors' chair for “Women Warriors” with costume design by Hubbell, Staake and Tiffany Michel. Set design is by Vincent Martinucci and Jacob Michel, with lights and sound provided by Zachary Michel and Peter Rajca.
Hubbell told us after the show that she and Staake were very sensitive to the fact that the characters of Bethune and Truth who were African American were being reenacted by a white actress.
In this reporter’s opinion Hubbell’s performance was stellar, especially the portrayal of Gladys Aylward. An interesting note on Aylward: Jo Dierdorf, a Redlands resident heard that Lifehouse Theater was doing “Women Warriors” and contacted them to loan the theater a coat owned when Aylward when she was on a speaking tour in California in the 1960s and stayed at Dierdorf’s house.
If parents are looking for a good educational outing for their children “Women Warriors” would be a good choice. In addition to Hubbell's performance, you get to see items from each time period in the sets designed by Martinucci for each of the seven women portrayed.
“Women Warriors” continues through Sunday, Jan. 26, with performances on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
In addition to the weekend performances, a special evening performance will be offered on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. and another performance on Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. will feature an interpreted presentation for the deaf.
Regular advance ticket prices for each production are $22 or $26 for adults and $11 or $13 for children ages 3 to 11 (no children under 3 are admitted) and can be purchased over the phone with a Visa or MasterCard by calling (909) 335-3037.
Tickets are available online at boxoffice.lifehousetheater.com. Checks can also be mailed to LifeHouse, provided reservations are made far enough in advance. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office, which is open Fridays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and one hour before performance times on the weekends. Tickets are $2 more the day of the performance. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Guests are encouraged to reserve seats early as performances will sell out.
LifeHouse Theater’s 26th season continues throughout 2020 with “Seussical” (Feb. 8 - March 8,), “The Rise of King David” (March 21 - April 26), “Little Women” (May 9 - June 14), “King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table” (June 27 – Aug. 2), “Esther!” (Aug. 15 – Sept. 13) and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (Sept. 26 – Oct. 25).
Money-saving season passes are now on sale at the LifeHouse Box Office.
The theater is at 1135 N. Church St. in Redlands, next to the Redlands Christian School. Free parking is available in the back of the theater. More information can be found by visiting the website at lifehousetheater.com or by calling (909) 335-3037.