WBU program commemorates the end of the Civil War
April 10, 2015
PLAINVIEW – It has been 150 years since the Civil War came to an end in April of 1865, and Wayland Baptist University is remembering the Sesquicentennial with a special reader’s theatre style performance at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17 and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 19. Both performances will be in Wayland’s Black Box theatre in the Harral Art Complex. Seating is limited and reservations will be required.
To reserve a seat, log onto the Wayland website at www.wbu.edu and scroll to the bottom of the homepage. Click on the “buy tickets now” link and reserve your seat. There is no cost for admission, and refreshments will be served during intermission.
The program will combine the efforts and talents of faculty from six academic schools to present an historical picture of the Civil War, bringing a comprehensive explanation and understanding of the events and how they were connected. The multi-media presentation includes an historical narrative and reader’s theater performances of writings from Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, Henry Longfellow, Robert E. Lee, Sam Houston and lesser known poets and authors of the time. The performance will include 150 images, lithographs and paintings from the time period as well as popular music and hymns.
“What I hope the audience will come away with is the reality that patriotic people on both sides served their country and paid a high price for saving the Union or trying to win Southern independence,” said Dr. Estelle Owens, Dean of the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences and a professor of history. “These people suffered for their cause and bring home the reality that the only thing worse than losing a civil war is fighting one in the first place.”
The performance will include contributions from Dr. Rebekah Crowe, Dr. Tim Doty, Dr. Scott Franklin, Dr. Anthony King, Mark Kirk, Dr. Cindy McClenagan, Tom Ray Dr. Scott Strovas, Eddie Turner, Rodney Watson and Dr. Gene Whitfill. Dr. Marti Runnels will perform and direct the show. The historical narrative was written by Dr. Owens.