“The performance was wonderful and an experience that students will long remember.”

–Gina Groch, Principal, Saint Ann School

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“Deeply moved, even to tears, our students insisted they felt as if they were present at the very events portrayed.”

–Lisa Rochefort, Donahue Academy

“The emotion and passion in this story is extremely authentic and moving–it depicts ordinary lives turned upside down.”

–8th Grade Student

2017-2018 Programs
INTRODUCING In Flight: The Story of Sabine van Dam

Intended Age: 5th – 12th Grade
Standards: History, Social Studies, Language Arts, Theatre
*Program and 3- Session Residency Cost: $1500 (per grade level)

The Netherlands, 1942. At four years old, Sabine is living happily with her parents and sister in a beautiful house in the Hague. One morning, her mother tells her to put on every piece of clothing she owns and the family walks out and shuts the door behind them, never to return. In Flight is the true story of climbing barbed wire to cross borders, hiding in abandoned houses, and the triumph of Sabine’s luminous spirit in the face of terror, betrayal, and devastation.

In Flight is a collaborative project between Gulfshore Playhouse and the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida.

This 45-minute program is designed to fit into a classroom period and includes the play, pre-show and post-show workshops, and a talkback with the actors.

First, a small group of actors will play all roles in a 25-30 minute theatre piece that depicts Holocaust survivor Sabine van Dam’s journey from 1939-1945. The play will be presented in a simple way with no scenery and minimal props and costumes. It will be followed by an interactive activity based on the work of theatre master Augusto Boal, who used his expertise in theatre to develop audience engagement techniques that addressed conflict resolution and opened community dialogue. The students will have the opportunity to ask the actors to go back into scenes and make different decisions.  The actors will then improvise those scenes based on the audiences’ suggestions. Some students may have the opportunity to come up on stage and play out their suggestion with the actor (s).  The presentation will end with a reflection on the audiences’ observations of the activity and a discussion about courage and about how we make choices.


The creation of In Flight was made possible by the generosity of:

The Martin Salomon Morton and Gustel Schreiber Morton Foundation
The Frank M. Barnard Foundation, Inc.

AMELIA VAUGHAN (Assistant Production Manager and Actor, In Flight: The Story of Sabine van Dam) served as Music Director for Broadway Bootcamp and Production Stage Manager for all programs during Star Academy Summer 2017. Amelia holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Stetson University.




JESSE HEINDL (Actor, In Flight: The Story of Sabine van Dam) is a recurrent presence on the stages of Southwest Florida, having most recognizably appeared as “Andrew Rally” in I Hate Hamlet at the Naples Players.  His credits also include August: Osage County, The Cocktail Hour, Fox on the Fairway, and many others.




KAYLEIGH CAMPO (Actor, In Flight: The Story of Sabine van Dam) is thrilled to be making her debut at Gulfshore Playhouse! Some previous credits include: New London Barn Playhouse (Director of The Snow Queen) and Missoula Children’s Theatre (Tour Actor-Director for Jungle Book, Peter & Wendy, and The Frog Prince). Kayleigh graduated with her BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of West Florida in 2016. She would like to thank her family, friends and teachers for all their support and guidance in her endeavors!


AMANDA ZUNIGA (Actor, In Flight: The Story of Sabine van Dam) survived four seasons of being beheaded, and otherwise meeting her demise as a core zombie in the show, “The Walking Dead”.  She holds a degree in Theater from the University of Georgia and has appeared in numerous other theatrical and film productions.

To schedule a ThinkTheatre program, please contact Hester Kamin, Director of Education, at (239) 261-7529 x207 or at hkamin@gulfshoreplayhouse.org.

ThinkTheatre has been made possible in part by the generosity of Suncoast Credit Union Foundation.

The Martin Salomon Morton and Gustel Schreiber Morton Foundation
The Frank M. Barnard Foundation, Inc.