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Yellow Bellies

Yellow Bellies is an historical drama that highlights the experiences and public response to Mennonite Conscientious Objectors during WWII. This episodic tale takes audiences across Canada, featuring verbatim interviews, fictionalized scenes, and live music from an often overlooked chapter of Canadian history. 

Written by Johnny Wideman and Rebecca Steiner

Directed by Dr. Andrew Houston and Rebecca Steiner

"Superb writing & excellent performances... The cast of three, Kimberlee Walker, Benjamin Wert and Johnny Wideman, effortlessly presented fifteen vastly different characters... supported by a band of five who not only played their instrument - guitar, mandolin, accordion fiddle and percussion - but also blended their voices in both folk and gospel quartet songs throughout the presentation... The creative team is to be commended for the research, the writing and the direction of this piece." - Ron Brownsberger (Stouffville Theatre Company) 


Sponsored by:

  • Shantz Mennonite Church Bequest Earnings Disbursement Fund
  • The Jim and Lorna Blair Charitable Foundation
  • The Pennsylvania Dutch German Folklore Society of Ontario; York Chapter
  • Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario

Supported by:

  • Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference and festival 
  • Centre for Peace Advancement 
  • Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives
  • Mennonite Archives of Ontario: Winfield Fretz Research Grant