Play Overview

Ten Boom the Musical is based on the true story of Corrie ten Boom and her family whose faith and courage to risk their very lives found them embroiled in intrigue during WW2 and the Nazi occupation of Holland. The time of our story is 1937 to 1945. The ten Boom’s live peaceful lives above the family watch shop in Haarlem, Holland (The Netherlands) until the Nazis invade their beloved homeland and life becomes a dangerous mission to hide more than 800 Jews from persecution and certain death.

Joining the Dutch resistance, Corrie and her family are later arrested and sent to concentration camps where some did not survive. The story is told using flashbacks to happier times; and love and faith are found even in the camps. There, in prison, Corrie and her sister Betsie are able to inspire hope in many others, including a hardened Nazi captain. Miracles happened and lives are changed forever.

Performed in Two Acts, the play is delightfully narrated by an aged Corrie ten Boom. It’s her
91st birthday and Corrie is keeping a promise she made to her sister Betsie; to tell their story everywhere and encourage others that…“No pit is so deep that God’s love is not deeper still!”

14 inspiring original songs bring the ten Boom family and other characters to life, telling of a “Perfect Love” that can bring hope and light, even in the worst darkness. PHOTO: Finale – First Reformed Church, Orange City, Iowa – August 18-21, 2016

ACT 1 Synopsis
The overture sets the tone… a 91-year-old Corrie walks to center stage and introduces herself. Immediately, after her last word, a dramatic (1:30 sec.) video Nazi newsreel is shown on multi-media screens. Lights go up, and the live play begins in the ten Boom home, 3 years earlier. The women prepare for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the family watch business, where family and neighbors join in a musical tribute to Casper “Papa” ten Boom. But soon there’s anxious talk of Nazis taking over Holland; of Jews and others disappearing, radios being confiscated, and growing fears. The days ahead become exciting and perilous, as Corrie’s family risks their lives hiding Jews in a special-built secret room upstairs. Love, laughter and hope mix to cover the ever-present threat of discovery. Then betrayal by a once-trusted neighbor and Act 1 closes with the family’s dramatic arrest, and a haunting song by Eusie, a cantor, one of hidden Jews—”My Hiding Place.”

ACT 2 Synopsis
Scene 1 shares a pre-recorded Musical Tribute to composer Leo “Dutch” Smit; Holocaust victim, died at Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Germany, 1945. The tribute music can be played as Act 2 overture or, for larger productions, a dance choreographed visual of Corrie’s nightmare (see choreography in Director’s Pages, with Script). Set mainly in prison, Corrie’s cell, and a Nazi’s office, with flashbacks to Corrie’s younger days (at age five with her mother, and at age twenty-one when she lost her first love). Scene 2, the reality is prison! Cruelty, harsh treatment by a Nazi matron, and pest infestation leads the women in Corrie’s cell to throw caution to the wind and sing the raucous protest song, “Fleas.” Betsie’s and Corrie’s nightly readings from a smuggled Bible, brings sanity and hope to all the women of Barracks 28. When Betsie’s health fails, all the women consider the death that surely awaits them also. Corrie befriends a hard-nosed inmate named Giselle who joins Corrie in the powerful duet, “Imagine/Perfect Love.” As the play comes to a climax, Corrie is taken away, presumably to her death, but is miraculously released just two weeks before all the women her age are killed.