Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Orange, Massachusetts July 4 - 15, 2012

Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War
Orange, Massachusetts

Quabbin Civil War Remembrance
July 4th 2012

“Lincoln: The Musical”
By Michael Riccards
July 7 – 8  & 14 - 15

Civil War Reproduction Quilt Contest Exhibit
July 4 – 15

Free Admission to all events

“Lincoln: The Musical” is sponsored by the Drama Circle, the Performing Arts Division of Art for Life - CF Pals, and is funded, in part, by Heyes Forest Products, the Miller’s River Café and a grant from the Orange Cultural Council.  For further information, contact Genevieve Fraser at
Tel. (978) 544-1872 or visit website:

Quabbin Civil War Remembrance - July 4th 2012

#1 Orange Gun Club - Oldest charted gun club in Massachusetts
357 West River Street, Orange, MA
9:30    – Black Powder Shoot
11:00  – Antique Fire Arms display and discussion with Terry Whitney
12:30  -  Civil War game stew and chicken bar-b-que - $15
              Call Mark Kovalsick for reservations Tel. 978-467-6076
Music with Ken Levine and friends
15th Massachusetts Infantry Civil War demonstrations
Living Heritage Farmer and Artisan Market

#2 Orange Town Hall – Ruth B. Smith Auditorium
6 Prospect Street, Orange, MA
2:00 – 8:30
Civil War Remembrances
          Abe Lincoln, Lucius Spooner - 19th century Petersham farmer
          Mark Twain’s “The Campaign That Failed” with Tim Waite
Civil War stories, group discussions & readings from Civil War era diaries and letters – all invited to participate
Music with Ken Levine and friends
Quilt Exhibit & Living Heritage Farmer and Artisan Market

#3 Orange Historical Society & Museum
41 North Main Street, Orange, MA (2 doors up from Town Hall)
2:00 – 4:00 Tea
5:00 – Dinner and “Tin Type Show and Tell”

“Lincoln: The Musical”
(Civil War era songs)
By Michael Riccards
Directed by Genevieve Fraser

Orange Town Hall, 6 Prospect Street, Orange, MA
Saturday, July 7 at 7:00 & Sunday, July 8 at 2:00
 Saturday, July 14 at 7:00 and Sunday, July 15 at 2:00
July 15th Quilter reception 6:00 pm at the Orange Historical Society

“Lincoln: The Musical” chronicles the Lincoln family’s entry into Washington DC.  The new president is determined to lead the nation into an era of prosperity as he sings Foster’s “Hard Times Come Again No More.” But soon, hope turns to despair as the War Between the States commences – “a small skirmish” that quickly leads to a nightmare that engulfs the president, his family, aides, generals, his cabinet and the nation.  Intertwined with the family and political crisis is the drama unfolding at a Washington DC tavern frequented by soldiers, members of Congress and an actor by the name of John Wilkes Booth. Following the Emancipation Proclamation and the Cause of the Union’s triumph, Booth plots to take action.

Act 1
Ford Theater
Flashback - Little Pigeon Creek settlement, Indiana
Washington DC Train Station
President’s Office at the White House
Washington Tavern
President’s Office
Act 2
Washington Tavern
Willie Lincoln’s bedroom
President’s Office
Living Room at the White House
Washington Tavern
Ford Theater

Abraham Lincoln                                          Chuck Berube
Mary Todd Lincoln                                      Sally Howe
Willie Lincoln                                                Brian Johnson
Nancy Hanks (Abe’s mother)                       Charlene Deam
John Wilkes Booth                                        Charles Tower
General Winfield Scott                                 Tim Waite
Senator Cotesbury Butterworth                  Jack Arnot
Secretary of State Seward                            Philip Hubbard
John Hay – Lincoln aide                               Noah Dawson
John Nicholay – Lincoln aide                       David Farnum
President James Buchanan                          Barry Robichaud
Issac                                                                Luke Meunier
Rose                                                                Julie Graziano
Barmaid                                                         Joyce Sawyer
Mrs. Laurey                                                   Genevieve Fraser
Ford Theater Manger                                   Robert Mathews
Cast of “My American Cousin”                  Joyce Sawyer
                                                                        Emily Lapinskas
                                                                        Barry Robichaud
Conductor                                                      Andrew Tower
Soldiers                                                           William Johnson
Ethan Doran LaRue
                                                                        Daniel Boucher

Town women                                                 Vicky Graw
                                                                        Doreen Gallien
Inside Out Dance Company
Pianist                                                             Deborah Kent
Costumes                                                        Vicky Graw & Deborah Kent
Technical Director                                        Tim Waite

Michael & Barbara Riccards                       Donald “Spin” Ainsworth
Town of Orange                                            Select Board                                      
Miller’s River Café                                       Kris Burns & Jeanie Miller
Bruce’s Browsers                                          Diane Lincoln
Swift River Valley Historical Society           Elizabeth Peirce
Halloween Costume World                          Barbara Hanno & Sally Howe                    
Mahar Regional High School                       Fred Heyes
The Dance Studio                                          Brenda Cromwell Hall
Workers Credit Union                                  Orange Gun Club
North Quabbin Woods                                 Kirby Lecy & Nancy Blackmer
Orange Historical Society                             Linda Temple
North Quabbin Antiques                              Brenda Piro
Paul Robichaud                                             Phil and Ivana Hubbard
Lisa DeWitt                                                    David Belcher
Ingrid Whitten & Ames Trophy                  15th Massachusetts Civil War Infantry
Orange Cultural Council                              Jim Rich & Mark Kovalsick

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