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Swing Shift

2003 Festival

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Number of Acts: 2
Preferred Ensemble Size: 16
Total Cast Size: 16
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Set on the American home front during World War II, Swing Shift tells the story of two women – Kay, a timid young housewife, and Hazel, an aspiring band singer – whose lives change completely when their men go off to war and they take jobs working the swing shift in an aircraft factory. In this topsy-turvy world where the workday starts at night, and women do men’s work, Kay discovers inner resources she never knew she had. She takes chances, both professional and romantic, that come crashing down on her when her husband returns home on leave. Loosely based on the film of the same name, the score is comprised of new musical arrangements of great hits from the 1940s.