Please run through October 18, 2015

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Purple Door Productions, Inc. PRESS RELEASE

910 Walnut Street

Lumberton, NC 28358


CONTACT: Jeanne A Koonce

Please run through October 18, 2015

In commemoration of the national celebration of the 150th year end to the most turbulent war of our nation, The Robeson County History Museum will sponsor a special exhibition by local artist, Melvin Morris, in conjuction with Purple Door Productions musical drama, THE CIVIL WAR. The series of Civil War inspired paintings will be on display in the foyer of the A.D. Lewis Theatre on the campus of Robeson Community College, open to the public one hour prior to each performance day. There will be a special reception, sponsored by the Robeson County Arts Council, in the lobby on Thursday, October 15th at 6:30pm for the public, celebrating the opening of the exhibit and the premier of the musical “The Civil War”. The exhibit will be open for the entire weekend, Oct. 15-18th.

A graduate of UNC-P, Mr. Morris resides and works in Robeson County. He has had works purchased and exhibited throughout the state of North Carolina.  He has exhibited in many of our local exhibitions and competitions such as the Water Works, and the "Civil War to Civil Rights" exhibit held at the Robeson County History Museum earlier this year.  Morris currently has several mixed media paintings on exhibit as part of the "Art of Living Well" exhibition on display at the Southeastern Health Park.
In partnership with RCC Foundation, Purple Door opens its season with this brilliant musical drama. Using diary entries, family documents, battlefield reports and soldiers' letters to create the songs and scenes, this amazing event covers the 5 years of the war, from the personal perspective of the people who fought, lived and endured.  Composer Frank Wildhorn, who also created Jekyll and Hyde for Broadway, the show’s music is epic in scope to match the impact of so volatile a period of our nation. The Civil War runs Oct. 15-17th at 7:30pm and Oct. 16-17th at 2:30pm in the A.D. Lewis Theatre on the RCC campus. Tickets/reservations now on sale at the RCC Foundation Office on campus or online at Tickets are $13/adults and seniors, $9/students and RCC staff/students $5. For more information or reservations, call PDP at 910-258-0787 or FB at purpledoorproductions. This musical drama is sponsored, in part, by a grant from the N.C. Arts Council, the Robeson County Arts Council, the Lumberton Visitors Bureau and The Robeson County History Museum.

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