November’s Family Theater Series event at Central Library is All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 (performance on Saturday, Nov. 16th at 2pm). All is Calm is an a cappella musical based on the true story of soldiers during World War I who for one night, put down their arms and played soccer instead of exchanging bullets. Presented by Fontbonne College’s Mustard Seed Theater; for guaranteed seating, pick up free tickets (while supplies last) at Central, Carpenter, Julia Davis or Walnut Park (limit 4 per family).
To learn more about the full version of Mustard Seed Theater’s musical, listen to the Cityscape story from St. Louis Public Radio. (The presentation at Central Library will consist of excerpts from the full scale production that are suitable for younger audiences).
To learn more about the Truce of 1914, check out one of these great books:
Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting by Jim Murphy
Describes how, at Christmas, 1914, during World War I, in defiance of their officers’ orders, a truce was declared by soldiers on opposing sides, who stopped fighting to engage in a spontaneous Christmas celebration with their “enemies”.
And the Soldiers Sang by Patrick J. Lewis
A young Welsh soldier fights along the Western Front during World War I, experiencing the horrors of trench warfare before participating in the famed Christmas Truce of 1914.