"On the twelfth of April, 1861, Confederate guns opened
fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, thus beginning
the bloodiest conflict in American History."
The Civil War
is a dramatic musical event about the lives of people who lived
during the single most defining period in American history, and
for whom the war brought pride, sorrow, faith, freedom, despair,
and death. It feeds upon the emotions in all of us and brings
the true tragedy of war home.
Freedom has never been free.
The play is a moving song-cycle which weaves an emotional
tapestry from our nation's history. The show draws on letters
and speeches, and uses projections including actual photographs
from the war. It is staged as a musical oratorio, leaving a
traditional book behind. All of this brings the music and the
subject material into sharp focus.
As the play and the war begin, Americans both north and south
are enraptured in the glory that will be brought upon them for
either binding the nation, or dividing it.
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.
Presented by Twilight Theatre and directed by Tony Peregoy, the
show dates for this production are November 14, 15, 21, and 22,
2008 at Charles Wadsworth Auditorium in Newnan. All shows are at 8 PM. Save the date and come enjoy a
night of American pride.