November 14, 15, 21, 22, 2008
Opening/Media Night November 14, 2008
The Civil War is a dramatic musical event about the lives of people who lived during the single most defining period in American history. Composer Frank Wildhorn incorporates diaries, letters, historical documents, speeches, and poetry to portray the effects of the war on many levels: cultural, societal, familiar, and individual. Unlike the usual musical that tells a story in chronological order, The Civil War is a series of musical vignettes through which stories of real people affected by the war are told - wives, children, brothers, friends, parents, slaves, soldiers.
The powerful music in this show covers a wide range of emotions. The Union and Confederate armies sing of their excitement as they prepare to go into war and defend their respective causes. The enslaved sing of their pain and misery as they are sold as property. A soldier and his wife try to ease their separation by writing frequent letters. An abolitionist lobbies his cause, and expresses his frustration with both the injustice that his people suffer and the reluctance of President Lincoln and the Union to address it. A nurse reflects on the work that she is trying to do. Captains from the two armies grapple with the decisions that they must make, not only for themselves but for the soldiers who follow them. The enslaved join in rousing gospel numbers, keeping their hopes and their spirits alive despite everything that they endure. The soldiers of both armies, gradually realizing the horrors of war, face despair, death, and defeat.
This intense work delves into one of our nation's most defining times, and is packed with feeling and messages, expressed directly through the wide variety of musical numbers performed. A large cast and full orchestra will provide a wonderful evening of music and drama.
Members of the Artistic Team that bring this show to the stage include Tony Peregoy, Director; Ellie Shelton, Vocal Director; and Laini Benefield, Music Director.
Performances are November 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 8 p.m. at the beautiful Charles Wadsworth Auditorium in Newnan.
Opening/Media Night is Friday, November 14 at 8 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door. Tickets are $15 adult / $12 students, seniors, and military. For more information, visit us online at www.thetwilighttheatre.com.
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