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Peppermint Creek presents ‘All Is Calm’

Peppermint Creek presents ‘All Is Calm’
  • On November 20, 2021

By Chloe Gregg

Associate Editor

Every night from Wednesday, Dec. 8 to Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m., Peppermint Creek Theatre Company will be putting on a new Christmas show, “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914,” in a new location each night.

These locations include Sycamore Creek Church in Potterville, Woldumar Nature Center and Allen Neighborhood Center in Lansing, and Carpenter Tree Farm in Eaton Rapids. All of the shows are free, but attendees are required to RSVP on the website.

According to the director of “All Is Calm” and founder of Peppermint Theatre Company, Chad Swan-Badgero, this musical is based on true events that took place during World War I in 1914.

“On Christmas Eve, British and German troops came together, laid down their weapons, and they celebrated the holidays with music and food, they played games, and they buried each other’s dead,” Swan-Badgero said.

“It’s an exciting story to tell because it’s based on a true story; and it’s all a cappella, with 10 men recounting the stories of over 30 different individuals that were part of this event that took place.”

Swan-Badgero said the show is a great way to celebrate the holidays and celebrate our shared humanity, which is the core of the show.

“This show is very much about how even people who are literally at war with each other were able to put their differences aside and celebrate their common humanity together,” Swan-Badgero said.

One of the members of the 10-man cast, Jeremy Kratky, said preparing for this show has provided him hope.

“‘All Is Calm’ has becomea resurrection story for the 10 of us vocalists and our director, Chad Swan-Badgero,” said Kratky. “We as artists have the opportunity and blessing of breathing life into the literal words of these brave and valiant soldiers who had fought for their respective countries in WW1.

“It’s a story, their story, of a miraculous moment of solidarity and peace amidst the horrors of war. Of all nights, these soldiers found friendship on the battlefield on Christmas Eve.”

Kratky said the goal of this performance for himself and his cast mates is to provide the audiences an environment where they might encounter a broader sense of humanity and peace as the holidays near.

“We hope this show captivates the imagination of our audience and creates dialogue that propels them to share peace this holiday season with those around them, perhaps even with their opposition,” said Kratky.

For information about this upcoming Christmas show, and to RSVP, visit Peppermint Creek Theatre Company’s website.