Musical A Civil War Christmas, by Pulitzer Prize-Winner Paula Vogel
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The last date listed for A Civil War Christmas was Saturday December 17, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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Fast paced and intriguing, I was a surprise it was 2.5 hours. We took two 11-year old boys and they were on the edge of their seats the whole time. I was afraid it might be too fast-paced for them but they understood and were following along. Was...continued
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“I found myself walking the dark and cold streets of downtown Saint Paul after the show filled with a sense of “peace on Earth, good will to men.” -Minnesota Playlist
“… while you may not normally consider ‘Silent Night’ a show-stopper, Jan Lee (as Mary Todd Lincoln) sings the carol to a dying Jewish soldier in a voice that could melt the ice clean off the Potomac River.” -TC Daily Planet
“A Civil War Christmas offers local audiences something different from the familiar menu of holiday stage offerings. And if you are a dyed-in-the-wool Civil War buff, this might be the show for you.” —Pioneer Press
In Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas, we find President Abraham Lincoln and his family, allies and foes, former slaves, Union and Confederate soldiers, friends and neighbors coming to grips with the legacy that has
been created by four years of war on American soil. It is December of 1864 in Washington, D.C. The war is nearing an end, and the hope of peace and reconciliation is beginning to emerge. The play weaves the stories of
many Americans together with timeless gospel, folk, and Christmas songs to illuminate the humanity and the spark of hope that shines in peoples’ hearts even during the darkest times.
A Civil War Christmas is directed by Austene Van, History Theatre’s newly appointed associate artistic director, with music direction by J.D. Steele. Van drew inspiration from the look and feel of old photographs and how those images live in our memories; the way our minds recall moments in time that have altered the present and affect our future. “I am excited about fleshing out these images and moments with this multi-talented cast and award winning production team in ways that may provoke thought and inspire action,” says Van. “And J.D.’s brilliant arrangements of these classic songs will make our feet and our hearts syncopate in rhythm while are transported in and out of time.”
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War and this immense play uses music and rich storytelling to reflect on the enormous human sacrifice of the war, and the need for reconciliation and
forgiveness. “This musical underscores the spirit of the holidays and reminds us of the power of love and hope amidst the struggle against slavery, and political upheaval,” says History Theatre’s artistic director, Ron Peluso. “It is our hope, that this musical celebration enlightens and inspires us all to put aside our differences and to work to build a nation which honors freedom and equality – the precious gifts paid for by incomprehensible sacrifices on the battlefield.”
A Civil War Christmas was written by Paula Vogel (Pulitzer Prize-winner for How I Learned to Drive) with a score composed by Daryl Waters (Bring In ’da Noise, Bring In ’da Funk), that originally premiered at the Long Warf Theatre in 2008. A Civil War Christmas is directed by Austene Van, with music direction and arrangement by J.D. Steele, scenic design by Joel Sass, costume design by Jason Lee Resler, lighting design by Michael Wangen, properties design by Kirby Moore, and stage managed by Janet L. Hall. Featuring a cast of 14 performers playing approximately 90 characters: Santino Craven, Alicia Dansby, Nic Delcambre, Daris Dotch, Lynnea Monique Doublette, Jackson Hurst, Jan Lee, David Maga, Gail Ottmar, Jen Rand, Joel Raney, Kiara Smythe, Fred Wagner, and Joetta Wright.