Global Experience: Closing North American Skies – The People and Stories Behind Come From Away
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Global Experience: Closing North American Skies – The People and Stories Behind Come From Away

Join us before the Kansas City opening night of the Broadway musical Come From Away for a panel conversation with individuals connected to the stories behind the show. Panelists include Canadian Consul General John Cruickshank; Lt. Gen. Eric “Rick” Findley (RCAF, NORAD’s Director of Operations on September 11); Capt. Beverley Bass, American Airlines’ first female captain; and a cast member from the show. Free and open to the public. RSVP required. Show tickets not included.

When: Tuesday, February 11, 2020
6-7 p.m.
Where: Little Theatre at the Municipal Auditorium
301 W 13th St.
Kansas City, Missouri  64105
United States
Contact: Matthew Hughes

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Event Description
When tragedy hit the United States on September 11, 2001, decisions on what to do had to be made quickly. Lieutenant General Eric “Rick” Findley of the Royal Canadian Air Force was on watch as NORAD’s Director of Operations that day, overseeing both Canadian and U.S. personnel and North American air space at Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center.

Captain Beverley Bass, American Airlines’ first female Captain, was en route from Paris to Dallas with 156 passengers plus crew. Join Lt. General Findley, Captain Bass, and cast member to be confirmed from Come From Away during their conversation with Canadian Consul General John Cruickshank about their experiences and decisions on that day and how those actions led to the hit musical.

Prior to becoming the official representative of Canada to Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and northwest Indiana, Consul General John Cruickshank enjoyed a distinguished career in newspapers and television in both Canada and the United States, serving as the Chairman of the Canadian Journalism Foundation, Publisher of the Toronto Star, Publisher of CBC News and the Chicago Sun-Times, as well as a former Managing Editor of the Globe and Mail, to name a few.

The panel, free and open to the public, will be held an hour before opening night in Kansas City's historic Little Theatre. Registration, required for admission, is being handled by the Canadian Consulate through the link below. Panel discussion attendance does not include admission to the show; tickets for the show are available through Broadway Across America.

Paid parking is available in the Auditorium Plaza Parking Garage, across the street to the north of the Little Theatre.

About Come From Away
Broadway’s COME FROM AWAY is a Best Musical winner all across North America! This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!”

On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.

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