All Is Calm returns to N.C. Stage

ENEMIES UNITE: N.C. Stage Company brings back last year's holiday hit, All Is Calm. Photo by Scott Treadway

Director Charlie Flynn-McIver describes All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, as “out of the ordinary.” The stage production tells the true story of German and British soldiers during World War I. As the title suggests, a cease-fire is reached during Christmas. The play is onstage at N.C. Stage Company through Friday, Dec. 23.

“According to legend,” says Flynn-McIver, “one German solider stood up and started singing ‘Stille Nacht’ [Silent Night] and [the English] joined in.” The two groups eventually met in the middle of No Man’s Land — the space separating the opposing sides’ trenches — exchanging pleasantries and cigarettes and playing soccer.

The stage production incorporates dramatic readings from diaries, letters and transcript interviews with soldiers who lived through the event. An eight-man choir, led by music director Melodie Galloway, professor of music at UNC Asheville and director of the Asheville Choral Society, infuses music throughout the show.

“It really places a focus on the redeeming value of human nature amid the most base part of human nature,” says Flynn-McIver. “Even though the truce didn’t last, people seemed to feel a sense of hope amid that kind of destruction.”

WHAT: All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

WHERE: N.C. Stage Company, 15 Stage Lane

WHEN: Through Friday, Dec. 23. See website for showtimes. $16-$34.

About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. He has worked with several publications, including Gulf Coast and the Collagist.

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