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The Civil War was a defining moment in American History - the fire of war burned away the scourge of slavery and, in time, melded the separate states into a true nation. In telling the tale of this large and complex event, this Theatreworks show focuses on the smaller stories of some of the soldiers who are caught up in it, including, Zak, a runaway slave who demands the right to fight his own fight; Will, his former best friend and "master;" Johnny, an Irish immigrant who volunteers to defend his new home; and Jackie, a girl who becomes a drummer boy.
Written by the playwright behind Theatreworks USA’s The Great Railroad Race, Footprints on the Moon, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, this stirring production features traditional songs of the era while sensitively illustrating this complex, tumultuous chapter of American history. The Civil War illuminates the humanity and sacrifices of those who fought, and the many who died. (One hour in length, recommended for grades 3-9) Curriculum Connections: Communication, History, Music, Relationships & Family.
Excerpts from Theatreworks USA's musical "THE CIVIL WAR." Book and Additional Lyrics by Arthur Perlman, Arrangements and Additional Music by Jeff Lunden, directed by Jonathan Silverstein, choreographed by Tracy Bersley. Video features members of the 2013 Off-Broadway cast: Adam Fontana, Max Kumangai, Alyse Alan Louis, Jim Stanek, Michael Thomas Walker.