The Civil War

Grades: 3 - 9 | 60 minutes

Tue., Mar. 5, 2013 · 10:00am
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Tue., Mar. 5, 2013 · 12:30pm
How to Register
The Civil War

Over one hundred and fifty years ago, the United States of America split in half as the north and south waged war against each other over preserving a way of life versus preserving the union. While decisions made by Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and General Sherman affected the course of American history, ordinary Americans carried out these orders, and often made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

The Civil War was a defining moment in American History – the fire of war burned away the scourge of slavery and, in time, melded the separate states into a true nation. In telling the tale of this large and complex event, this Theatreworks show focuses on the smaller stories of some of the soldiers who are caught up in it, including, Zak, a runaway slave who demands the right to fight his own fight; Will, his former best friend and “master;” Johnny, an Irish immigrant who volunteers to defend his new home; and Jackie, a girl who becomes a drummer boy.

Written by the playwright behind Theatreworks USA’s The Great Railroad Race, Footprints on the Moon, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, this stirring production features traditional songs of the era while sensitively illustrating this complex, tumultuous chapter of American history. The Civil War illuminates the humanity and sacrifices of those who fought, and the many who died.

The Civil War Website

The Civil War Study Guide


This year we are offering an optional full day of We the People and The Civil War activities for your students. Attend the performance at the Weidner Center and visit Heritage Hill State Historical Park where your students will participate in hands-on activities related to each show.

Option 1 Schedule:   (HERITAGE HILL EXPERIENCE IS NOW SOLD OUT – Tickets are still available for the performance.  To be added to a waiting list for the Heritage Hill Day, please email
10am – 11am              Performance at the Weidner Center
11:30am – 12pm        Bring bag lunches to enjoy at Heritage Hill
12pm – 1:30pm          Tour and hands-on activities at Heritage Hill

Option 2 Schedule:   (HERITAGE HILL EXPERIENCE IS NOW SOLD OUT – Tickets are still available for the performance.  To be added to a waiting list for the Heritage Hill Day, please email
9:30am – 11am           Tour and hands-on activities at Heritage Hill
11am – 11:30am         Bring bag lunches to enjoy at Heritage Hill
12:30pm – 1:30pm     Performance at the Weidner Center

For only $10 per student, you will receive admission to the performance and Heritage Hill.  Reservations are on a first-come, first served basis. Space is limited. Scholarships are not available for the Heritage Hill experience as the program is already deeply subsidized.


Run Time

60 minutes

Curriculum Connections

  • Cultural Diversity
  • History / Social Studies
  • Language Arts
  • Music / Dance
  • Relationships
  • Theatre

Grade Levels

3 - 9