The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence a silence, then a song. A German Soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace.
The Fine Linen Theatre production of “All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914,” an acapella musical, opened Tuesday. Performances continue at 7 p.m. tonight and Friday with a 2 p.m. matinee scheduled for Saturday at the Cedar Street Playhouse, 702 N. Cedar Street, Rolla.
Tickets range from $10 to $14 for adults and from $4 to $7 for students and children. Tickets are available online at www.finelinentheatre.com or by calling 800.806.1915.
Based on a true story, and told in the words and songs of the men who lived it, “All is Calm” is written by Peter Rothstein, and recounts an astounding moment in history when allied and German soldiers met in “No Man’s Land” and laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday together by trading carols, sharing food and drink, playing soccer and burying the dead. In some places the truce lasted only a night; in others, it endured until New Year’s Day.
Fifteen Rolla-area actors are portraying the men in the regiments involved in this historic World War I event. The musical blends iconic WWI patriotic tunes, trench songs, medieval ballads and Christmas carols from England, Wales, France, Belgium and Germany with texts written by more than 30 World War I figures.
For more information about the production, visit www.fine linentheatre.com.