CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Members of the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission Wednesday approved five grants totaling $29,950 -- including a $15,000 grant to the Charleston Light Opera Guild to stage four performances of the musical "The Civil War" at the Culture Center theater.
Commissioners also voted to recognize the performances as one of the commission's signature events for the state's 150th birthday celebration.
According to the grant application, "The Civil War" will be a fully staged theatrical production incorporating the words and writings of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Walt Whitman, as well as soldiers and family members of the era.
"This is the show that was done on Broadway a couple of years ago," Chelsea Ruby, commission spokeswoman, said of the production.
The total cost of the production, with nightly performances set for June 20-23, is $42,500. In addition to the state grant, the production will be funded through a $10,000 grant from Mrs. Alex Schoenbaum, and $20,000 in ticket sales, at a cost of $20 per ticket.
"The Civil War" will also be a featured event for FestivALL 2013, and will be promoted in FestivALL advertising, programs and on its website, according to the grant application.
Other grants approved Wednesday include:
* $5,000 for the Blue and Gold Reunion Civil War re-enactment May 28 to June 1 in Philippi.
Total cost of the event is $19,160, with $6,000 for fireworks, $2,000 for souvenir buttons, totes, and patches, $1,800 to cater dinner for the re-enactors, and $1,200 for ribbons and medallions for the re-enactors.