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Civil War musical to be performed under the stars

July 24-27 shows in Springfield's Union Square Park

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[July 19, 2008]  SPRINGFIELD -- A musical performance about one of America's darkest chapters will be performed July 24-27 under the stars in downtown Springfield.

Donuts"The Civil War" is a powerful two-act show that will be presented each night on an outdoor stage in Union Square Park at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The powerful and emotional series of 26 songs performed by an ensemble of 20 singer-actors will draw on letters, firsthand accounts, diaries, newspapers and the words of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman and others. The show tells the awe-inspiring personal stories of those who lived, fought and died during this chapter of our history, answering the question, "What does freedom mean?"

Songs will include "Brother, My Brother," "A House Divided," "River Jordan," "Freedom's Child," "The Day the Sun Stood Still," "I Never Knew His Name," "Candle in the Window," "Old Gray Coat," "Someday," and many more. The production is staged by Phil Funkenbusch and Ed MacMurdo and features a local cast.

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Pre-show entertainment begins at 6:30 each evening, followed by the main performance at 8 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at or 217-558-8934. General admission prices are $12 for adults and $8 for children. Lawn chair seating, sold the night of the show, is $8 for adults, free for children 8 and under. Blanket seating, also sold the night of the show, is $5 for adults, free for children 8 and under.

[Text from Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum news release received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]



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