|Sally Ann and Aloysius|
(Devon Cox and Ryan London Levin,
photo by Rick Spaulding)
|the cast of Orphan Train (photo by Rick Spaulding)|
|orphan siblings Peder Lindell and Maia Hernandez|
(photo by Rick Spaulding)
Thanks to the talented cast, the beautiful score, and the moving stories, Orphan Train has a ton of heart, although it's not without darker moments - not all orphan train riders found happy and loving homes. The overall effect is uplifting and inspiring (if a bit heavy-handed in that message). This is a personal story to many in the region; many descendants of orphan train riders still live here and are likely to see the show and watch their family's story play out before them (in my own family, the mother of one of my Dad's cousins came to Minnesota on an orphan train).
The Orphan Train keeps rolling through downtown St. Paul until December 18, and provides a feel-good educational experience.