Blues, R&B and Gospel Musical The Civil War Comes to Houston
The Masquerade Theatre presents the dramatic musical that portrays the American Civil War from the perspectives of Union soldiers, Confederate soldiers and slaves. With book and lyrics by Frank Wildhorn, Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy and music by Frank Wildhorn, The Civil War was nominated for two Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards in 1999. Featuring an exciting musical score that includes gospel, folk, country, rock and R&B, the story is based on the letters, diaries and other correspondence between soldiers and their families as well as the words and writings of such key public figures of the day as Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglas and Walt Whitman. It's a gut-wrenching portrayal of the nation's most trying time, and prompts audiences to reconsider the notions of freedom, honor and faith.
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About the Ticket Supplier: Masquerade TheatreEstablished in 1996 by Founding Artistic Director Phillip Duggins, The Masquerade Theatre operated as a sole proprietorship until July 2001 when it obtained non-profit status. The Masquerade Theatre currently performs at Zilkha Hall in The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Houston, as well as at Ovations. Masquerade's office and rehearsal space is currently located at 3558 East TC Jester in the Heights, a diverse economic area in one of Houston's older neighborhoods.
It began as a mixed-venue professional theatre providing a variety of theatrical productions including comedies, dramas, and musicals. Due to the popularity of musicals and increasing requests from patrons, a decision was made in its second season to become purely a musical theatre. Since that time the theatre's audience has grown significantly and demand for seats has resulted in Masquerade becoming the full-time resident company in Zilkha Hall, part of The Hobby Center, in downtown Houston.
The theatre's mission encompasses arts and culture, education, youth development, and community enhancement. Specifically, Masquerade's mission is dedicated to a) providing quality, professional musical productions for theatre patrons in the Houston metropolitan area; b) recruiting and retaining professional actors and actresses in the Houston area; c) maintaining a forum for development of youth talented in musical theatre; and d) reaching out to the youth in the community who might not otherwise experience the enjoyment of the performing arts. One of the theatre's founding principles is that it will hire highly talented actors from the local area so that actors, musicians and stage crews can develop their careers in Houston, rather than having to relocate to New York in order to pursue a career in musical theatre. It is Houston's only resident musical theatre employing artists exclusively from the local area. Masquerade also raises awareness and resources for the benefit of other charities by dedicating to them a portion of net proceeds at selected shows. For example, The Masquerade Tribble School of Professional Musical Theatre recently performed The Music Man and contributed 40% of its net proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The resident company also recently staged performances of Irving Berlin's The Melody Lingers On in cooperation with the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, attracting contributions for the Fund of approximately $12,000. The company believe that using its actors' talents in this manner provides a clear and satisfying way to demonstrate that it takes its mission to enhance the community very seriously.
The theatre has a 17-member Board of Directors which consists of a diverse group of individuals consisting of CPAs, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, bankers and other professionals that understand the importance of their fiduciary responsibility to the public in operating a non-profit organization.