Civil War educational production for youth set

Young audiences will have the opportunity to dig deep into America’s past and discover the complexities of the Civil War on Jan. 18 through a production by Theatreworks USA, hosted by the Friends of Greenwich Library.

The Civil War was a defining moment in American History — the fire of war burned away the scourge of slavery and, in time, melded the separate states into a true nation.

In telling the tale of this complex event, Theatreworks focuses on the smaller stories of the soldiers caught up in it, including, Zak, a runaway slave who demands the right to fight his own fight; Will, his former best friend and “master;” Johnny, an Irish immigrant who volunteers to defend his new home; and Jackie, a girl who becomes a drummer boy.

Written by the playwright behind Theatreworks USA’s most successful educational shows, the production features traditional songs of the era while sensitively illustrating this complex, tumultuous chapter of American history.

This 60-minute theatrical production is appropriate for children in grades three to nine, and is open to all at no charge through the support of the Friends of Greenwich Library.

Assigned seating tickets are limited to six per person and will be available at noon at the auditorium. Return at 1:50 p.m. when the doors will open for the performance.

For more information, contact the Friends office at 203-622-7938.

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