December 7-9 and 13-16
Thur.-Sat. at 8pm and Sun. at 3pm
A remarkable event took place in 1914, the first year of World War One, one that was never to be repeated, where peace triumphed over war. On Christmas Eve thousands of German and English soldiers put down their guns and left their trenches to meet their enemies in No Man’s Land. They exchanged gifts of tobacco, rum and chocolates, even photographs of loved ones. They sang songs, played a game of soccer, buried each other’s dead and shared the true meaning of “peace on the earth, goodwill to men.” All is Calm combines the a capella singing of trench songs, patriotic tunes, and Christmas carols along with text taken from letters, journals, war documents, poetry, grave stone inscriptions and even an old radio broadcast. All is Calm commemorates an extraordinary moment in history where the words ‘Peace on Earth’ are reinvested with their true meaning. Tickets for Friday/Saturday are $16 in Advanced and $18 Day of Show, ArtsCenter Friends cost $13 and Student/Seniors (62+) cost $12 in Advance, $14 Day of Show. Tickets can be ordered at www.ArtsCenterLive.org
All is Calm is a story of heroes. Young men march off to war amid patriotic songs. Within a few short months, their dream of returning home glorious by Christmas time is trampled as a stalemate of trench warfare takes hold. Celebrating Christmas Eve, one brave soldier determines to extend a Christmas tiding to the other side – soon men are rising out of their trenches, exchanging gifts, photographs, stories, songs – all in the spirit of Christmas. Too soon, the men are ordered back to the trenches and one solider muses “Could it have happened? If we had decided to end the fighting, could we have stopped the war?”
All is Calm is a Southeast Premiere and features the Cantari Men’s Ensemble with Musical Direction by Sue Klausmeyer.
Cantari Men’s Ensemble: Dale Bailey, Eric Dashman, Adam Dengler, Ryan Frazer, Scott Goodwin, John Irwin, Darin Knapp, John Paul Middlesworth, Michael Shannon, Dave Sroka, Graham White
Production Team: Michael Brocki (Set Designer/TD), Adam Graetz (Video Designer), Sue Klausmeyer (Musical Director), Chelsea Kurtzman (Costume Designer), Lawruh Lindsey (Lighting Designer and Stage Manager), Jeff Meanza (Dialect Coach), Jeri Lynn Schulke (Director / Producer).
December 7-9 and December 13-16
Thursday-Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 3:00pm
Public Advanced: $16, Day of $18
ArtsCenter Friends: $13
Student/Senior (62+) Advanced: $12, Day of $14
Group (10+): $8
Public Advanced: $14, Day of $16
ArtsCenter Friends: $12
Student/Senior (62+) Advanced: $10, Day of $12
Group (10+): $8
Programs at The ArtsCenter are supported in part by Giorgios Hospitality Group, Tony Hall & Associates, The North Carolina Arts Council and the Orange County Arts Commission.
The ArtsCenter is a non-profit teaching and presenting organization founded in 1974. The largest employer of artists in Orange County, NC, it serves nearly 60,000 people annually, through classes, studios, concerts, theatre, spoken word, gallery displays, more than 80 school shows, and more. The ArtsCenter exerts a local economic impact of almost $2,900,000 which generates the equivalent of 78 full time jobs and $231,000 in state and local tax revenue.