Suncoast Sound reflected the turbulence of America in the 1960s, a time when many were convinced we all might disappear in a nuclear war precipitated by the Cuban Missile Crisis and further aggravated by the Vietnam War. Drill formations of a bomb and a giant mushroom cloud rekindled this sense of uneasiness.
The spiritual highlight of the show was when a dispute between police and war protesters led into a deeply reverential moment, when 28 pieces of adjoining fabric were slowly picked up to reveal a representation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The image of a young girl communicating with the spirit of her unseen deceased father at the wall was chilling and heartbreaking.
The production came to a close starting with the discontent of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” before evolving into “America the Beautiful.” An old-fashioned American flag presentation was followed by color guard members unrolling banners of red, white and blue, portraying a sense of renewed hope and pride in the nation.
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