So Close to Home

Type: Performance
Art Form: Storytelling
Grade Level: 4 - 12
Scheduling Request

Award-winning author Alison O’Leary presents the true story of men and women pitted against the sea during World War II―an unforgettable portrait of the determination of the human spirit that will challenge your knowledge of the war. In a program which can be specially tailored to students’ grade levels, the author brings So Close To Home, co-authored with YAMA artist, author and historian Michael Tougias, to life. Alison describes the challenging post-Depression years of early 1940's American history, when an average family with two working parents decided to move to South America for a job opportunity, only to be caught in the crosshairs of a German submarine during their return trip.

Length: 45 Minutes
Audience Limit: 225
Curriculum Connection: World War II, Storytelling, Writing Process, Book Publication, History, American History

Single Show: $550

Back-To-Back: $935

Three-In-A-Row: $1,320

Four-In-A-Row: $1,705

Travel Fee: based upon mileage

Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts


1 reserved parking space

Projector and screen (if needed, she will bring her own projector)

Laptop hook-ups for projector (she will bring her laptop)

1 bottle of water

Arrival time before performance: 30 minutes

Strike time: 15 minutes

Time needed between performances: 15 minutes

Teachers should play an active role in ensuring appropriate audience behavior and are requested to sit with their classes. Teachers are further requested not to correct papers during the program. It is distracting to the performers and, we believe, gives students the wrong message about audience courtesy.

Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist.

1 artist (double the mileage calculated below to account for initial and return trips)