Civil War musical to be staged at KSU

When the Civil War came to the Shenandoah Valley‚ Charlie Anderson wanted nothing to do with…

Georgia (Nov 7, 2002) — Civil War musical to be staged at KSU

Cheryl Anderson Brown


When the Civil War came to the Shenandoah Valley‚ Charlie Anderson wanted nothing to do with it. But‚ as residents of this area can tell you‚ a war in your backyard makes a lasting impression. That's why the Departments of Music and Theater at Kennesaw State University decided to stage Anderson's fictional story with the musical drama "Shenandoah‚" Nov. 19−24 in Stillwell Theater.

"Wherever you turn in this area‚ you run into remnants of the Civil War‚" Dr. John Gentile‚ chair of the theater department‚ said. "People who live here think about the war and its meaning. It is a part of the culture of our community‚ and we wanted to be able to connect to that." Based on the popular film of the same name‚ "Shenandoah" follows the story of Charlie Anderson and his family. Although Charlie refuses to take a side in the war and risk the lives of his sons‚ the youngest is taken captive by Union forces. The family splits up to search for the boy‚ struggling all the while to hang on to their family‚ their farm and their values.

"This is a very moving production‚" music director Hillary Hight said. "It is a musical‚ but it has a powerful‚ human message behind it."

Tuesday through Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. There is a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are $15. For reservations and information‚ call the KSU Box Office at 770−423−6650.

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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 15‚600 from 118 countries. The fifth largest out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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