Wednesday, April 4, 2012

SXU to host "Titanic: 100th Anniversary Remembrance"

Theatrical performance and screening of "A Night to Remember" on April 12

Chicago (April 4, 2012) Saint Xavier University will host a theatrical performance and movie screening at "Titanic: 100th Anniversary Remembrance" on Thurs., April 12 to commemorate the centennial of the disastrous sinking of the famous ocean liner. The performance, by Denise Vanaria, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in McGuire Hall, located in the Warde Academic Center at SXU's Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. Afterwards, attendees can enjoy a screening of the film "A Night to Remember" from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., also in McGuire Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Vanaria will portray Helen Andrews, widow of the Titanic’s chief designer Thomas Andrews. Thomas was often in disagreement with the minimum safety standards set by the British Board of Trade, but was consistently overruled. After the ship collided with an iceberg, Thomas’ final hours were spent trying to evacuate the women and children of Titanic. He went down with the ship and his body was never recovered. He left behind Helen and their 17-month-old daughter Elizabeth. Laugh, cry, and mourn with “those left behind” as Helen discovers herself, her womanhood, her future, and her deep and incredibly passionate love for her husband.

The 1958 British film "A Night to Remember" was directed by Roy Baker and based on the book by Walter Lord. It is widely considered to be the most accurate depiction of the Titanic disaster. The movie focuses on the sinking from the standpoint of Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller, the most senior surviving officer.

This event is sponsored by SXU's Robert and Mary Rita Murphy Stump Library. For more information, contact Dave Kohut at (773) 298-3355 or


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