VSA Presents “The Parade Train” this Weekend in Purcellville

VSA Presents “The Parade Train” this Weekend in Purcellville
Players in “The Parade Train” rehearse ahead of this weekend’s performance

VSA Loudoun is presenting the original musical “The Parade Train” November 18, 19 and 20 at Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville.

The production celebrates the 100th anniversary of The Parade Train, a unique and little known part of the W&OD Railroad history. Beginning in 1916, The Parade Train was a special train that began east of Leesburg picking up children and teachers along the trail. It ended in Purcellville and passengers disembarked and paraded through town with costumes and floats.

The cast will include preschool students from Loudoun Valley Community Center in the performances.

Shows are on Friday, Nov 18 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov 19 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets:are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors & students. For more information call 540-338-7973.

In conjunction with the production an installation of a model train set created by Greg Klein will also be on display. The exhibit features vehicles, buildings, tractors and people in the era of 1910 to 1929.

Also, Franklin Park Visual and Performing Arts Center, in partnership with NOVA Parks, will be presenting a traveling art exhibit of all mediums depicting the W&OD Trail as it is now or imagined from history. The exhibit will be at Franklin Park Arts Center for the month of November. It will travel to the Purcellville Train Station for most of December and then along the W&OD Trail to additional stops including the Loudoun County Government Center Gallery One, Trailside Middle School, and Meadowlark Park.

There will be an opening reception for the exhibit on Friday, November 18 5:30 – 7:00 pm, prior to the Parade Train opening night performance. The exhibit will include artifacts from the W & OD railroad as well – old tickets, a conductor’s hat and train schedules. Art exhibit admission is free.