Local play educates the public on the Civil War

To conclude the Battle of Kirksville Commemoration Weekend, Kirksville Parks and Rec, the Truman State University Theater Department, and Curtain Call Theatre Company performed the Tom Taylor Comedy Classic, 'Our American Cousin', with a special adaptation by Lowell Swortzell.

The show was performed in fron of a packed house at the James G. Severns Theater. The admission was free.

'Our American Cousin' is the play President Abraham Lincoln was watching at the Ford's theatre in Washington DC when he was assassinated on April 14, 1865.

Sunday's two hour performance included the actual play as well as the history of Lincoln's assassination.

"The author of this play took the actual, original play, and put in little monologues that kind of set out the assassination, and we actually have a whole scene that involves the assassination," said Heather Darrah, Director and Kirksville Parks and Rec Recreation Specialist.

The 16 member cast began rehearsing for the play in May.

KV Parks and Rec Auditions for fall musical dinner theatre will be held Sunday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. in the amphitheatre. The show is a modern day musical love story entitled 'I Love You Because'. Three men and three women are needed, ages 18 and up.

The performance dates are Sept. 20-22. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. and the show will follow. The performance will be held at Jackson Stables. Tickets can be purchased at the Kirksville Aquatic Center. Pre-sale tickets are being sold Aug. 20-31, for $15 per person. General sale tickets are being sold Sept. 3-Sept. 18 for $18 per person. Call 660-627-1485 for more information.

The Curtain Call Theatre Co. Presents "The Secret Garden." Performance dates are September 12-15, at 7 p.m, Sept. 16 at 2 pm. It will be performed at the Willard School on 707 N. Centennial. Admission is $12 for general admission and $8 students, seniors and children.