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All is Calm at Red Accordion Studios


12/1/2019 - 12/8/2019


Red Accordion Studios

501 W. Lincoln Ave.
Lititz,PA 17543
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Phone: 717-537-1347

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The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence, a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Mans Land singing Stille Nacht. Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.With a cast of 10-15 men, the remarkable story of this night is told through 22 a cappella choral songs with some speaking interspersed throughout. This piece was originally written as a radio drama, so the music and the stories we hear shape the show.From the creator:Our piece would be a radio musical drama, using only the tools of radio: music and text. The music ranges from trench songs to patriotic and sentimental tunes, as well as Christmas music from the participating countries. The text is taken from a wide range of sources including letters, journals, official war documents, poetry, grave stone inscriptions even an old radio broadcast.One of the reasons I love working in the theater versus film or television, is because the theater is a two-way street. It asks the audience to engage their imagination in order to complete the story. So, here are the words and the songs of these remarkable men. Completing the story, putting a human face on war well, thats up to you. To the thousands of men who changed history, thank you. May we do your story justice.-Peter Rothsteinapprox. 70 minutes longRating: PG. While there is little innuendo and no actual swearing (they do come close), this is not a piece for young children. Older students and adults will enjoy this show the most.

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