July 18, 2008

Lectures to Precede Performance

By Bennie Scarton Jr., Manassas Journal Messenger, Va.


A variety of lectures will precede performances of the "Gray Ghost Voices" at the Mary Louise Am-phitheater on the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

The initial lecture will be tonight at 7:30 p.m. and will feature Richard G. Williams Jr., an award winning author and frequent speaker on subjects of the Civil War. His topic will be "Stonewall Jackson and Slavery."

The other speakers will be Dave Goetz on July 23 on "The Postwar Relationship between John S. Mosby and Ulysses S. Grant"; the Rev. Charles Kettlewell on July 25 on "Irony and Moral Character in the Civil War"; Fred W. Beuttler on July 26, "Congress and the Civil War"; Donald C. Hakenson on July 30, "Mosby Stories"; and the Rev. Rudy Tucker Jr. on Aug. 1, "Faith and War." The speakers are expected to enrich the audience experience during the run of the production.

Lectures begin at 7:30, a half-hour prior to the play.

The show, which runs at 8 p.m. tonight and July 19, 23, 25, 26, 30 and Aug. 1 and 2, promises more music, more combat and more of the true story of John Singleton Mosby and the Civil War. Those attending can hear Mosby's story in his own voice and hear the voices of others touched by the war--slaves, soldiers and civil-ians.

On July 27 family activities will begin at 4 p.m. with an early curtain at 6 p.m. and free admission for children under 12.

The theatre will open for seating at 7:15 p.m.

All the excitement, humor and history has made the Gray Ghost one of the summer's best family entertain-ment options. It is an original production.

Staff writer Bennie Scarton Jr. can be reached at 703-369-6707.


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