Private Jack Sweeney served as a front line soldier, sentry and cook from 1914 to 1918. His letters and transcripts describe daily life in the trenches and are preserved in the Imperial War Museum in London. Private Jack Sweeney describes the Belgian town of Ypres. “It is know to us men as ‘Worse than Hell’. It is a terrible place and the fighting is always going on there. It was once one of the prettiest towns in France [Ypres is actually in Belgium] but now it is only a heap of ruins with dead civilians and soldiers everywhere. Our soldiers dread to hear that they have to go to that place – anywhere except there is the cry.
Jim Swoboda makes his Modern-CDA debut and can’t imagine a more poignant story to tell with his amazing fellow cast members. Jim played Jean Valjean in Spokane Civic Theatre‘s Les Miserables last year. This year he reprised the role with the Spokane Symphony and the Phoenix Theatre. He is the Owner/Director of ILF Media and a 28 year member of the Spokane Symphony Chorale. He thanks his beautiful wife for her support throughout this incredible new journey on the stage.