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The history, the people and the stories of the Upper Midwest

Theatre Program

Through Their Eyes

CWM Theatre character Patrick Sullivan, a member of the famous "Iron Brigade."

CWM Theatre character Patrick Sullivan, a member of the famous “Iron Brigade.”

Who better to tell the stories of the people who were touched by the Civil War or slavery than the individuals themselves?

Firsthand accounts written by the people themselves are the basis of the Theatre Program scripts. Professional actors and actresses portray each of these authentic historical individuals.

Theatre performances are 30 to 45 minutes in length. Performances include a brief question and answer session, and performers are always available after the performance to meet the public.

Here’s a quick example of a portion of a performance:
Listen to a man reminisce about a long-departed friend. He explains how he knew his friend but questions did he really know him. You begin to understand his friend’s character, how he bounded upstairs to ask, “Billy, do you want to enter into partnership with me in the law business?” You’ll laugh along with the man as he tells the story about his friend’s peculiar reading habits. You’ll feel the joy as he tells us about his friend’s first attempt at public speaking. And you’ll feel the pain as he relates how his friend sealed his devotion to the cause of freedom with his own blood. The two men are William Herndon and Abraham Lincoln.


Theatre Program Outreach

If you are unable to come to the Civil War Museum, we will bring the actors to your school or organization.

This program is recommended for adult audiences and student audiences 4th grade and older.
The program includes:

  • 30 to 45 minute performance
  • 10-minute question and answer session with the actor “in character”
  • 10-minute question and answer session with the actor as his or her modern day self

The first question and answer session allows the audience to learn more about the character and his or her viewpoints.
The second allows the actor to make connections between the past and today without compromising the first-person interpretation.

Plan on scheduling one month in advance. Educators receive standards-based pre-visit information and post-visit activities. Call 262-653-4433 for more information and fees.