In honor of Polish Independence Day, The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools was proud to host the patriotic play Tajemnice Ordonki at the Galeria, at the historic Orchard Lake Schools campus. It was a happy occasion indeed as we welcomed renown troupe of Polish actresses from Toronto, Maria Nowotarska and Agata Pilitowska. Presented by the Edward and Josephine Wikiera Foundation with the great support and cooperation of Halina Malinski, and with lighting and sound engineering by Tomek Piekutowski and Lukasz Pryk (Krakow, Poland), the packed house the Galeria made a proud statement about Polish patriotism in America—Orchard Lake Schools Chancellor-Rector Msgr. Tom Machalski welcomed over 100 guests. Tajemnice Ordonki highlighted the life of iconic Polish singer, Hanka Ordonówna, who came to define an era of Polish music in the 1920s -30s. With Polish WWII veterans as our most distinguished guests, happy memories were recalled as Pilitowska and Nowotarska delivered a stunning portrayal that hearkened back to the days of that great conflict. Several of our guests had even seen Ordonówna live during her many performances through the Polish theaters of war, even as far as India. Thanks are due to the hard work of our celebrated team of volunteers, and to our great partners, Tygodnik Polski and Czas Polski—thanks to everyone’s dedication, we’re proud to welcome theater to our regular lineup of Polish cultural programming.
Tajemnice Ordonki–a success!
November 20, 2013