A farming family tries to remain neutral in war-ravaged Virginia
FAYETTEVILLE >> "Shenandoah," the Civil War Broadway musical, is the second summer show at Totem Pole Playhouse, 9555 Golf Course Road, in Caledonia State Park. The show will run from June 19 to July 5, with two benefit performances at 8 p.m. June 20 and 2 p.m. June 21. Individuals can receive a $5 discount on each ticket purchased at the box office or online using the code "CCT." Half of every ticket sold will be given to Chambersburg Community Theatre to be used toward its next season's productions.
Also, all seats for two preview performances -- 8 p.m. June 19 and 2 p.m. June 20 -- will be $20 each.
"Shenandoah" stars Tony Award honoree and renowned baritone, Ben Davis. Based on the film starring Jimmy Stewart, the Broadway musical tells the story of a strong-willed Virginia farmer (Davis' role as Charlie Anderson) trying to keep his family neutral as the Civil War rages around them. Their story is a heart-warming and heart-rending portrayal of the upheaval that left wounds on the land and its people for generations to come.
Totem Pole's production will feature a cast of 26, including several local community actors and a seven-piece orchestra.
Ben Davis, who has appeared on Broadway in "A Little Night Music," "Les Miserables," "Violet" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie," received a special Tony Honor and Ovation award for his work as Marcello in Baz Luhrmann's Broadway production of "La Boheme." He appeared earlier this year as the star of "Kiss Me Kate" at London's Royal Albert Hall, which was broadcast live on BBC.
Playing the role of Anderson's son Robert will be 12-year-old Gettysburg native, Brandon Gladfelter, and the part of his best friend Gabriel will be played by 11-year-old Chambersburg native, Leshan "LJ" Wilkinson.
Producing artistic director Rowan Joseph and choreographer Christine O'Grady, who staged last season's musical "Godspell," will team up again. The show will feature a seven-piece orchestra led by musical director Darren Server. The show is sponsored by Paul D. Orange Family Medicine.
Tickets range from $30 to $50, with 2 p.m. matinees Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and 8 p.m. shows Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Tickets are available at www.TotemPolePlayhouse.org or by calling the box office at 1-888-805-7056.