Civil War on stage at Panola College

civil war letters production

Panola College Drama department presented The Civil War On Stage, a presentation of two staged plays in one evening in the Studio Theatre.  The first offering presented scenes from Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration, produced by special permission from Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York and features the Panola College Choir.  Set on Christmas Eve, 1864 in Washington D.C., the venue offers a look into the events of the last Christmas of the Civil War, highlighted by musical selections from the time period.  The second half of the program featured Confederate Letters, a revival of the award-winning 1997 world premiere, which was produced by Panola College in 1997 under the direction of then drama department chair, Liz Hedges, and includes original cast member, Travis Curry.The story depicts the struggles and consequences for the Havard family in Texas during the last summer of the Civil War. 

In addition to the two performances, the evening featured a question and answer session with the playwright, Barre Gonzalez.