Mintowt-Czyz additionally collaborated with different members of the WNCC group to make the play as life like and genuine as doable. She labored with WNCC’s aviation upkeep program in Sidney to usher in an actual aircraft for the set, and WNCC visible arts teacher Yelena Khanevskaya, who was born in Russia, labored with the forged to develop language expertise and dialect.
“I’ve been really impressed by their dedication to this piece and their respect for the historical past of it,” Mintowt-Czyz mentioned. “Many of those girls are enjoying actual girls, and have introduced the characters to life in a very extraordinary approach.”
It wasn’t lengthy after they completed filming the efficiency that she discovered Scottsbluff had its personal native girl hero who joined the battle in WWII as a pilot. Jane Elizabeth Gardner Fliesbach, who graduated from Scottsbluff Excessive Faculty in 1937, joined the WASPs in 1943 and skilled in Sweetwater, Texas, to develop into a pilot in WWII.
“They (WASPs) ferried planes that got here out of the producer, after which they ferried them to bases the place the lads might use them to show different individuals the best way to fly,” daughter Jane Fliesbach, who can also be a board member of the WNCC Basis, mentioned of her mom. “They didn’t consider themselves in any respect … as heroes. They cherished to fly, most of them cherished to fly, and so they needed to serve their nation. However they actually didn’t have a look at themselves that approach in any respect.”