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Heritage presents play about flight of Pilgrims to America

November 19, 2004

The students of Heritage Academy will present "A Venture Almost Desperate" today and Saturday at 7 p.m.

The play is about the Pilgrims' flight to America for religious freedom.

"The title refers to the dangers faced by the Pilgrims as they fled from persecution in England and worldliness in Holland only to face the perils of the mighty Atlantic," the school said in a news release.

"Their strong motivation for such a desperate venture was 'that from these shores the glorious light of the Gospel should be spread throughout the world,'" the school said.

"The play is historical, powerful, and deeply moving. It employs full 17th-century costume and gives historical insights into the character of King James, the state of affairs in England and Holland, and the conflicts and struggles of the Pilgrims as they sought to preserve the purity of the faith and get 'back to the Book,'" the school said.

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The program is to be the culmination of a week-long drama seminar at Heritage by The Academy of Arts of Greenville, S.C.

The play will be in the Heritage Chapel auditorium. Admission for adults is $5 and for students, $3. Children under age five will be admitted free.

To reserve tickets or for more information, contact the school at 301-582-2600.

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