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The Civil WarThe Charleston Light Opera Guild will present The Civil War as part of the State of West Virginia Sesquicentennial and FestivALL Charleston 2013. The Civil War will be presented at the West Virginia Culture Center Theater, Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, West Virginia.

Showtimes are June 20, 2013 at 4:00 p.m., June 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., June 22, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and June 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Tickets for all performances will be available at the Charleston Light Opera Guild Theatre, 411 Tennessee Avenue, starting Monday June 10 through Friday June 21. Box office hours will be Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except June 20, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.). Tickets may also be purchased by calling (304) 342-9312 during Box Office Hours. On show days, tickets will be available 1 hour prior to showtime in the lobby of the Culture Center. All tickets are $20 General Admission for all performances except June 20th. A limited number of free tickets for the June 20th performance will be available at the Guild Theatre Box Office and on a first come, first serve basis in the Culture Center lobby on the day of performance.

FestivALL 2013The Civil War with music by Frank Wildhorn and a book and lyrics by Frank Wildnorn, Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy after letters, diaries and writings of the Civil War is a dramatic and thematic theatrical event with an emphasis on storytelling. The writers were inspired by the words of Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln as well as the life (as documented through letters, photographs and journals) of the real Hannah Ropes, Mary Chestnut, 2nd Virginia infantryman Henry Kyd Douglas and Henry H. Person of the 6th New Hampshire Company.

The two act musical explores one of the most dramatic and important times in our history with a somewhat contemporary song cycle of pop, rock, operetta and country sounds honoring the people and their times. It tells of the experiences of the soldiers and leaders from both the Union and Confederate armies, examines the lives of the lovers and families they left behind, as well as the hopes of the slaves whose freedom was at stake. The mostly music show will be fully staged with costumes, orchestra and sets which will be enhanced by numerous projected images of the Civil War.

The large multicultural cast requires strong singers/actors and some dancers. The Charleston Light Opera Guild is committed to producing a poignant production during this 150th anniversary of our statehood.

The Charleston Light Opera Guild's production of The Civil War is sponsored by the West Virginia Sesquicentennial of the Amercian Civil War Commission and Mrs. Alex Schoenbaum.



Emmet Lochran

David Legg

Billy Pierce

Mark Parsons


Cary Lantz Brown

Frederick Douglass

Reggie Parks


Kevin Hardy


Cindy Moss


Cheryl Anderson Plear


Phil Washington

William (Bill) McEwen

Adam Campbell

Henry Stewart

Tim Whitener

Virgil Franklin

John Valleau

Nathaniel Taylor

Dakota Burdette

Sam Taylor

Ethan Lyvers

Hannah Ropes

Lauren Meyer

"Glory" Woman

Christy A. Roy

Darius Barksdale

Steven Brannon

Byron Richardson/

Ric Bertolotti


Wesley C. Armstead

Horatio Taylor

Max Ross

Cyrus Stevens

Cameron Bertolotti

Bartholomew Anderson

Chris Spears


Rachel Coffman
Sam Crosby
Renee Ecckles Hardy
Kelsey Johnson
Amelia Legg
Whitney Pressley
Angela Price
Kimberly Pickens
Paul Shannon
Karen P. Williams

West Virginia SesquicentennielThe monologues of Abraham Lincoln will be voiced by David Selby, native West Virginian and celebrated actor of Dark Shadows and Falcon Crest. Mountain Stage host Larry Groce will also be part of all performances.


Nina Denton Pasinetti - Director, Choreographer

Bobby Hodges, Jr. - Musical Director



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