EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSARTS Civil War Musical Focuses On Family Bonds
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Videographer: Kenneth Barnette
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Oct. 16, 2013 12:28 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 16, 2013 12:41 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Based on the 1965 film of the same name, "Shenandoah" focuses on the Anderson family. They live in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War.
When widower Charlie Anderson's youngest son is taken prisoner by Union soldiers, he springs into action to rescue the boy. Anderson had avoided conflict but the danger to his loved one forces him to become involved.
"Just because he decides not to be a part of the war somehow the world involves him," Bil Neal (Charlie Anderson) said. "It's a slice of a great big story, focusing on one family but dealing with a much larger scope. The effects of war on a family, on an individual, on a love interest. How a family sticks together through something terrible."
During his quest, Anderson, accompanied by his family, rescues his Confederate solder son-in-law from a Union POW train. But they also encounter tragedy, loss and death. However, his unwavering desire to save his youngest keeps Anderson moving forward.
"We've spent about 40 to 45 minutes a night for several nights for about four weeks polishing the fighting that you're going to see in this," Eric Wilson (James Anderson) said. "Michael Naglee has been our fight choreographer and he's done a stunning job keeping all sides of the stage full of action."
When it debuted on Broadway in 1975 "Shenandoah" was nominated for six Tony awards and captured two, including Best Book for a Musical.
"It's a really kind of old-fashioned classic style of musical," Jesse Riggs (Jacob Anderson) said. "It's not particularly edgy but it is appealing."
"It's a story about family," Stephen Vance (Director) said. "It's something everybody can relate to. We all have very differing opinions on war and different political things but the fact is we still have our family."
Arts Resources For the Tri-State presents "Shenandoah"
Friday October 18 and Saturday October 19 at 8:00 p,m.
Sunday October 20 at 2:30 p.m.
ARTS Renaissance Theater at Old Huntington High School
900 8th Street Huntington, W.Va.
Dinner is available on Friday and Saturday nights. The meal begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Renaissance Ballroom.
Tickets for dinner and the show are $30
Call 304-733-2787 for reservations
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