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Taproot Theatre presents 2 holiday shows: ‘A Civil War Christmas’ and “A Charlie Brown Christmas’

Taproot Theatre is producing two holiday shows this year: “A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

“A Civil War Christmas” is recommended for ages 12 and up, and runs Nov. 22 through Dec. 30 (no shows on Nov. 23 or Dec. 24-25) on the mainstage.

It’s a bitterly cold Christmas Eve on the banks of the Potomac River where the lives of abolitionists, assassins, soldiers, enslaved and free are woven together in an American tapestry. In their darkest hour, when peace seems impossible, the promise of Christmas breaks through despair in this musical celebration of compassion and hope by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel.

Tyler Trerise and Nick Watson in “A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration.”
Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 27 in Taproot’s Isaac Studio. It is open to all ages.

This delightful family-friendly favorite is back to spread holiday cheer! Charlie Brown is depressed by the never-ending commercialism surrounding the holidays. Thankfully, Linus is there to help him find the true meaning of Christmas in this musical adaptation of the cartoon classic.

Special Sensory Friendly Performances are at 4 p.m. Dec. 2 and 11 a.m. Dec. 9. These performances offer increased lighting; lower sound levels; a smaller audience; use of tablets, smart phones and other electronic devices can be used with headphones during the performance; and patrons can bring special seating devices as needed; fidget toys are welcome.

Molli Corcoran & Benjamin Wippel in Taproot Theatre’s 2015 production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Photo by Erik Stuhaug.