July 15-17, 21-24, 2011
directed by Charley Cross
Full Length, Musical Drama Book by James Lee Barrett, Peter Udell and Phillip Rose
Music by Gary Geld
Lyrics by Peter Udell

11 m, 3 f, 2 children, male chorus.
This colorful and dramatic saga is based on the film which starred James Stewart as a strong willed Virginia farmer trying to keep his family neutral as the Civil War rages. Union forces and the Confederates see things only in shades of Blue or Grey, so the family is inevitably swept up in the conflict against all odds. Their story is a heart-warming and heart-rending portrayal of the upheaval that left wounds on the land and its people for generations to come. The Tony-winning Broadway production ran for over 1000 performances and toured extensively.


Charley Cross (Director) Charley was active for many years in Southern Illinois theater in all the possible roles – acting, and all aspects of production.  This is his second directing experience at Theatre in the Park, having directed “Yearning to Breathe Free” last summer.  Charley also directed the Mature Mob in Octocber of 2010 and thoroughly enjoyed that experience as well.  Locally he has been in “Sound of Music” at Muni, “Children of Eden” at STC, and at TIP “Kiss Me, Kate,” “Two by Two,” and “Forever This Land.”  Charley also was in charge of props and sets at TIP for “Forever This Land” and “Abe, the Musical.”  His favorite past roles have been Peter in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Smee in “Peter Pan” in Neverland, Frank in “Lend Me a Tenor,” and Shem in “Two by Two.”  Charley lives in Springfield and is a multi-talented maintenance worker.  He enjoys carpentry, church, people, and, of course, theater.  He is especially proud of being a father and a grandfather.


Charley Cross - Director
Randy Roller - Assistant Director
Linda Flesch - Production/Backstage Manager
Mary Myers - Musical Director
Robyn Stephens - Vocal Director
Adam Power - Piano
Tami Fidler - Choreographer
Marlene Mitchell - Assistant Choreographer
Deb Iams - Costume Mistress
Teri Fink - Costume Assistant
Carol Woodrum - Costume Assistant
Lisa Flammini - Prop Mistress
Courtney Bonacquisti - Stage Hand
Alyssa Furling - Hair, Makeup
Heidi Meyers - Hair, Makeup
Cheryl Kissick - Backstage Assistant


Charlie Anderson - Andy VanDevoort
Jacob Anderson - Dennis Frye
James Anderson - Kyle Harvey
Nathan Anderson - Adam Frank
John Anderson - Josh Lauer
Henry Anderson - Garth Whitehead
Jenny Anderson - Taylor Ingram
Robert Anderson - Konnor Clodfelter
Anne Anderson - Becky Bertram
Gabriel - Evon Dionne
Corporal - John Moore
Sam - Patrick Sosman
Reverend Byrd - Ron Kick
Sergeant Johnson - John Woodruff
Lieutenant - Dave Schafer
Tinkham - David Clodfelter
Carol - Randy Dionne
Marauder - Dave Schafer
Sniper - James Tyler
Train Engineer - Doug Hawkinson
Soldier - Jeremiah Taylor
Soldier - Dennis Porter
Deaconess - Gail Clodfelter
Gabriel's mother - Marian Dionne
Sam's mother - Jennifer Guest
Gianna Flammini 
Jayne Jacks
Kailey Guest
Kennedi Branson
Lea Kissick
LeAnna Guest
Leah Cross
Madeline Frye
Makayla Guest