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Run Rabbit Run Theatre All For the Union

By • Jul 22nd, 2011 • Category: Reviews
All For the Union by Meredith Bean McMath
Run Rabbit Run Theatre
Old Stone School Theatre, Hillsboro, VA
Through July 24th
200 with one intermission
$15 Adults/$12 Seniors/$10 Students
Reviewed July 16th, 2011

Last Saturday evening I traveled through the beautiful countryside of Loudoun County to experience Run Rabbit Run Theatre’s All for the Union, a true tale of three young women living in Confederate Virginia who managed to publish a newspaper for Union soldiers. They deal with foragers, skirmishes and burning raids, cared for wounded soldiers and helped with the Underground Railroad and somehow managed to smuggle drafts of their newspaper across the river to the Baltimore Sun for printing.

The show was performed in the Old Stone School Theatre in Hillsboro. This venerable facility was the perfect setting for the story set during the Civil War. The set was made up primarily of the Dutton kitchen on the stage, while all other scenes were played in front of the closed curtain. Costumes were wonderful, the lighting accented each scene well, although a few scenes were a touch too dim.

The actors performed well. The young ladies, Linda (Millie Juraschek Shipe), Lizzie (Carolyn Christensen) and Sarah (Suzanne Johnson) performed well together. Occasionally it was hard telling the characters apart because of the similarity of their costumes and mannerisms. There was a very well done scene that flashed between the Provost Marshal’s Office and the Dutton home. Christopher Miller as Private Dieter Sternbergerholtzenheimer had a nice scene explaining his name to a fellow soldier. The hope expressed by Mariah (Jenna Powell) and Zilpha (Nicole Denson) as they sang their spirituals was touching, and the dream of getting an education was poignant. Director and playwright Meredith Bean McMath has filled a lot of material into a two-hour play.

It was satisfying seeing another story from the Civil War. Little Women, Shenandoah, and Civil War Voices are most commonly performed. With activities for the Civil War’s Sesquicentennial beginning, All For the Union is a welcome addition to stories of that time in our nation’s history.

Cast

  • Miss Huntington: Taryn Bromser-Kloeden
  • Sarah Steer (1907): Nancy Purcell
  • Linda Dutton: Millie Juraschek Shipe
  • Lizzie Dutton: Carolyn Christensen
  • Union Private Edward Jacobs: Chris Saunders
  • Sarah Steer (1862): Suzanne Johnson
  • Emma Dutton: Nancy Griffith-Cochrane
  • Annie Dutton: Caroline Pennington
  • Maggie Loden: KC Burke
  • Billy Summer: Blake O’Brien
  • Confederate John Mobberly: Colin Tisdale
  • Confederate Private Martin Barlow: Christopher Miller
  • Confederate Private Gabriel Moss: Garrett Milich (7/8-10)
  • Confederate Private Gabriel Moss: Drew Hare (7/15-24)
  • Confederate Lieutenant John Milbrowe: Matt Curtis
  • Union Lieutenant Luther Slater: George Werner
  • Sergeant Orvil Thomas: Lee Bean
  • Union Sergeant Bartholomew Reynolds: Clint Good
  • Union Private Dieter Sternbergerholtzenheimer: Christopher Miller
  • Union Private Thomas McNulty: John Eddington
  • John B. Dutton: Mark Zielke
  • Union Lieutenant John William Hutchinson: Chris Saunders
  • Mariah: Jenna Powell
  • Zilpha: Nicole Denson
  • Mrs. Hammond: Linda Burke

Music and Song

  • Drum: Blake O’Brien
  • Flute: Meredith Miller
  • Spirituals: Nicole Denson and Jenna Powell
  • Harmonica: Chris Saunders, Garrett Milich, and Drew Hare

Crew

  • Stage Director: Meredith Bean McMath
  • Assistant Director: Kaitlin McClung
  • Stage Manager: Meredith Miller
  • Fight Choreographer: Carolyn Christensen
  • Technical Director: Garrett Milich
  • Sound/Light Design Crew: Connor Albright, Graham Albright, Nick Miller, Mark Zielke
  • Sound/Light Technician: Graham Albright
  • Set Production Crew: Connor Albright, Graham Albright, Lee Bean, Linda Burke, KC Burke, Nicole Denson, Clint Good, Beth Hendershot, Suzy Johnson, Kaitlin McClung, Chuck McMath, Palmer McMath, Chris Miller, Meredith Miller, Nick Miller, Rodney Pless, Chris Saunders, George Werner, Mark Zielke
  • Costume Coordinator: Meredith Bean McMath
  • Independence Day Volunteers: KC Blake, Suzy Johnson, Chris Miller, Blake O’Brien, Chris Saunders, Millie Juraschek Shipe, Colin Tisdale, George Werner, Mark Zielke

Disclaimer: Run Rabbit Run Theatre provided a complimentary media ticket to ShowBizRadio for this review.

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has performed in local productions, but prefers to be behind the scenes. Mike earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and the Online News Association.

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