“Civil War Voices,” the musical written by local attorney and playwright Jim Harris, will return to Lincoln for the city’s annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Feb. 13 and Feb. 18-20 and 2 p.m. Feb. 14 and 21 at the Haymarket Theatre, Eighth and Q streets.
After the 2008 original workshop of “Civil War Voices” at Doane College in Crete, the musical was presented to a sold-out audience at the Lied Center as part of the City’s Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration in 2009. It has since been presented in 14 states, and has been through two major revisions.
“After seven years of performances in the east and south, it’s exciting to bring the newest version of this outstanding home-grown musical back to Lincoln,” Mayor Chris Beutler said in a press release. “It is important that we keep Civil War history alive and make sure new generations understand the lessons of this critical time in our nation’s history. Jim has written this musical using the actual words of real people who lived through the Civil War era, and people of all ages can identify with their stories.”
The public is invited to a free pre-show birthday party at the theatre from 5:30 to 7 p.m. opening night. It will feature free birthday cake, historical exhibits and music from local favorite Chris Sayre, who has performed at every Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration. No ticket is required to attend the party, but a ticket is required for the 7:30 p.m. performance.