Special events in June are planned to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War in Marietta.
“You can come to Marietta on the weekends in June, and you’re going to get an experience that relates to the Civil War. You’re going to learn a lot and have fun,” said Marietta City Manager Bill Bruton, who chairs the 150th Committee.
The musical draws on letters, diaries, firsthand accounts, and the words of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Walt Whitman. It is one of many events planned.
The emotional landscape of one of our nation’s most difficult tests is brought to life in this epic thematic revue. The musical not only humanizes a great tragedy of American history through experiences of soldiers and leaders who fought for their way of life and the loved ones left behind, but also the hopes and fears of slaves and citizens whose freedom was at stake.
“The musical portrays the war through Union, Confederate and slave viewpoints. The musical goes from the beginning of it to the end,” said Bruton, a Marietta resident.
The production is presented by the Overlook Theatre Company, a regional and touring theatrical performance troupe established in 1996. Attendees are encouraged to arrive one hour prior to the show and experience real-life descriptions of 1864 Marietta as told by descendants who still live in Marietta.
“You can interact with (re-enactors). You can ask them questions. They’ll talk to you and tell you what’s going on and what’s going on in their mind. That is a great way for individuals to get an understanding of what Marietta was like during that time period,” he said.
Patrons will transition to the theater before the musical begins for a mini concert with organ and harmonica music that date back to the Civil War.
“The reason we’re saying musical experience is because we’re making it more than that. It will be good for students and children to understand what was going on by getting outside the history book and actually experience it,” Bruton said.
To learn more about the events commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War or to purchase tickets, visit mariettacivilwar.com. Tickets are also available at earlsmithstrand.org. Call (770) 293-0080 for more information.