Thursday, April 22, 2010

Inge 2010 - Day 1

Christmas in April

Last night we were treated to a staged reading of Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas. It's a combination of music and a very moving series of vignettes that depict, among other stories, a slave and her daughter slipping over the Potomac to escape to freedom, young soldiers dealing with being away from home during Christmas, assassins plotting against President Lincoln, and the Lincolns trying to find the perfect Christmas present for each other. They are all tied together at the end with happy endings and a harmonious blend of Christmas carols and battle hymns of the time.

Even though it was staged with actors reading from scripts, the performances were excellent, and the music, supplied by members of the Independence Community Chorus, was enchanting.

It was a great start to the Inge Festival, and a promise of good things to come.

Thursday's schedule includes workshops and the concert reading of The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, the Otis Guernsey New Voices winner.



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