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Ken Cheeseman, Karen MacDonald, Jacqui Parker, et al. Set for Huntington's Civil War Christmas

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Karen MacDonald
Karen MacDonald
The Huntington Theatre Company has announced full casting for its production of Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration, to run November 13-December 13. Jessica Thebus will direct.

The show takes place on Christmas Eve 1864, and interweaves several stories including President and Mrs. Lincoln plotting their gift-giving; a young rebel soldier challenging a Union blacksmith's mercy; and a fugitive from slavery searching for her daughter on the night she finds freedom.

The cast will be led by Ken Cheeseman (President Abraham Lincoln), Karen MacDonald (Mary Todd Lincoln), and Jacqui Parker (Elizabeth Keckley), and also feature Uzo Aduba, Chris Bannow, Jason Bowen, Gilbert Glenn Brown, Ed Hoopman, Savannah Koplow, DeLance Minefee, Stephen Russell, Molly Schreiber, and Hyacinth Tauriac.

The cast will also include local university students Aaron Parker Fouhey, Alicia Hunt, Sarajane Mullins, Blake Pfeil, and Rebbekah Vega Romero. The following children will appear at alternating performances: Jonah Yannis, Kalaria Okali, Oliver Jay, Lily Steven, Grace Brakeman, Cameron Kelly, Gabriele Lyman-von Steig, Lauren Sabbag, Abby Spare, and Amari Veale.

The creative team will include Daryl Waters (musical supervisor, arranger, and orchestrator), Andrew Resnick (music director/pianist), Dan Ostling (scenic designer), Miranda Hoffman (costume designer), T.J. Gerckens (lighting designer), and Ben Emerson (sound designer).

For more information, visit www.huntingtontheatre.org.

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