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Learn more about "SIDES: A Civil War Musical" by Norman Ball!

Learn more about "SIDES: A Civil War Musical" by Norman Ball!

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Published by Norman Ball
All Interested parties: Please contact playwright at norm@normanball.com

The year is 1915. A few short months after the sinking of the RMS Lusitania and a
mere fifty years after the conclusion of the Civil War, passions are once again running
high across America. Entry into WWII appears imminent. Anti-German sentiment
is at a fever pitch. Henry Fleming, a young Union soldier during the Civil War and protagonist of The Red Badge of Courage, is now a 70-year-old veteran. Fleming recognizes his own misguided exuberance in the young Gabe Sander, a boy from a neighboring farm. Through music, the case is pressed for love, humanity and conciliation over conflict. But can Gabe be disabused of his boyhood notions just as looming war tugs at his youthful sense of adventure?
All Interested parties: Please contact playwright at norm@normanball.com

The year is 1915. A few short months after the sinking of the RMS Lusitania and a
mere fifty years after the conclusion of the Civil War, passions are once again running
high across America. Entry into WWII appears imminent. Anti-German sentiment
is at a fever pitch. Henry Fleming, a young Union soldier during the Civil War and protagonist of The Red Badge of Courage, is now a 70-year-old veteran. Fleming recognizes his own misguided exuberance in the young Gabe Sander, a boy from a neighboring farm. Through music, the case is pressed for love, humanity and conciliation over conflict. But can Gabe be disabused of his boyhood notions just as looming war tugs at his youthful sense of adventure?

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Published by: Norman Ball on Jul 17, 2013
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SIDES is a (roughly) two-hour musical play written, composed and arranged byNorman Ball and consisting of 20 musical numbers, two main characters (14-year-oldGabe Sander and 70-year-old Henry Fleming, alias
'The Old Soldier' 
), severalsupporting characters and seven historical 'enactors' who perform songs and offeractual quotes.
The staging is minimal with the majority of the play occurring on the Old Soldier
’s
farmhouse porch as he recounts his war experiences to Gabe, assisted in the telling bya variety of apparitions from the past.
The play attempts to imagine Henry Fleming, the young protagonist of 
The Red Badgeof Courage
, as a veteran and old man. Due in large part to its unflinching and graphicportrayal of war, the novel (now in the public domain) caused a sensation when it wasfirst published in 1895 and remains one of the most popular novels (by sales) in the
United States (source:
Melissa Kelly, about.com
).
Inquiries: Norman Ball norm@normanball.com
 
 
SIDES offers a wonderful intersection of multiple disciplines, leveraging one of 
America’s most enduring novels in a manner that combines literature, history,
drama, music and current events.
SIDES is an educational vehicle in an entertainment package
or is it an
entertainment vehicle in an educational package…maybe it’s both!
In the rightdirectorial hands, SIDES could play to either crowd. Ideally, SIDES could walk
both paths simultaneously.
SIDES is an appealing scholastic vehicle that
‘put
s
history to song’
while
showcasing America’s rich variety of musical genres: gospel, country, folk, rock,
rock opera, show-tune, blues, and Americana, all to maximum effect.
 
An informative new podcast interview with playwright Norman Ball conductedby Dr. James Beeghley appearshere (pt 1) and here (pt 2).
Inquiries: Norman Ball norm@normanball.com

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