THE CIVIL WAR, Starring Robert Newman, Opens June 5th.


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OPENING JUNE 5 AT 8:00pm, playing through JUNE 10

Directed & Produced by BRENDAN RAGOTZY

(Augusta, MI) The Barn opens its 72nd season with Frank Wildhorn’s musical extravaganza playing one week only –  June 5 – 10!

THE CIVIL WAR is a thrilling, “dramatic theatrical concert” that covers the immense, poignant saga of the most difficult test our nation has ever endured. The show incorporates letters, diaries, historical documents and the poetry of Walt Whitman as it explores the vicious civil war that claimed the lives of 620,000 Americans. THE CIVIL WAR focuses not only on issues of the unity of the nation and the abolition of slavery, but also on the impact of the war on families.  Special Guests Robert Newman as well as Fee Waybill of the Tubes rock group will be joining the company for this production. Barn favorites Patrick Hunter, Charlie King, Samantha Rickard, Melissa Cotton Hunter, Hans Friedrichs, John Jay Espino, Jonnie Carpathios and Andrea Arvanigian are featured as well as Equity guest artists Michael Fisher and Shinnerrie Jackson.

THE CIVIL WAR is reminiscent of Ken Burns’ acclaimed documentaries and puts a human face on the greatest tragedy of American history.

THE CIVIL WAR opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre on April 22, 1999. It was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical. It closed on June 13, 1999, running for 61 performances.

THE CIVIL WAR is directed by Brendan Ragotzy.  Staging and Choreography is by Kasady Kwiatkowska with Musical Direction by Matt Shabala.  Set design by John Dobson. Projections by Samantha Snow. Costumes are designed by Taylor Burke.  Properties are by Sam Rudy.  Lights are designed by Michael McShane, Luke Ragotzy has designed the sound and Crysta Menefee Gsellman is wig/hair master. Technical Director is John Dobson.

THE CIVIL WAR plays through June 10.  Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM & and Sunday at 5:00 PM. Enjoy refreshments in the Rehearsal Shed Lounge with friends before, during intermission and after the show. Enjoy a light snack while being entertained by the cabaret-style show in the Rehearsal Shed Lounge after the main stage performance.

*NEW THIS SEASON* Make your bar show reservations online, starting June 1st for the whole season. Dinner’s Nightly! Opening Night celebration catered by Schuler’s Restaurant of Marshall.
Wednesday – Sunday celebration cookout with GMC. Call Box office for dinner reservations. 269 -731-4121.

The Barn Theatre would like to thank THE CIVIL WAR sponsor Heritage Chevy.

The Barn Theatre School is proud to present an American Sign Language interpreted performance of THE CIVIL WAR on Thursday, June 7 @ 8:00pm, sponsored by Eaton.

We are located on M-96, west of Augusta. Tickets range from $39 – $48 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under for all performances. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted.  Group rates available. The Box Office is open daily 10:00 am-10:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased online here. To reserve tickets at the Box Office – Call today: (269) 731-4121 or visit