“A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration”

A Houston premiere by Paula Vogel

Sisters Liliane and Leila Moon, left to right, of Missouri City, daughters of Nadine and Jerome Moon, are sharing the role of Jessa in Main Street Theater’s regional premiere of A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration.The girls attend Jan Schiff Elementary in Missouri City, (Leila: 3rd; Liliane: 5th grade). Both have attended Main Street Theater summer camp since they were 5. This is their professional theater debut.

Main Street Theater presents the Houston premiere of Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration.  This sweeping panorama set in Washington, D.C. at Christmastime, 1864, is comprised of 80 characters and interweaves holiday carols, hymns, and folk songs to illuminate one of the darkest and yet most hopeful moments in our country’s history.

With previews November 22, 23, and 27, A Civil War Christmas opens Friday, November 29 and runs through December 22 at Main Street Theater – Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd.  (There is no performance on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28).  Performances are on Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm.  Tickets are $20 – $39 (previews are $10), depending on date and section, and are on sale in person at the Main Street Theater Box Office, 2540 Times Blvd., via phone at 713.524.6706, or online at MainStreetTheater.com.

It’s 1864, and Washington, D.C. is settling down to the coldest Christmas Eve in years. In the White House, President and Mrs. Lincoln plot their gift-giving. On the banks of the Potomac, a young rebel challenges a Union blacksmith’s mercy. In the alleys downtown, an escaped slave loses her daughter just before finding freedom. Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant face Christmas Eve with their troops. This musical by Pulitzer Prize–winner Paula Vogel intertwines many lives in a rich and engaging tapestry.

Recommended for audiences 13 and up. For more information  713-524-6706.

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