By Doug Cooney / Music by Lee Ahlin

Director: Carol North

January 10 - 29, 2012

  • Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
    January 10, 17, and 24, 2012
  • Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.
    January 11, 18, and 25, 2012
  • Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
    January 12, 19, and 26, 2012
  • Fridays at 10:00 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.
    January 13, 20, and 27, 2012
  • Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
    January 14, 21, and 28, 2012
  • Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
    January 15, 22, and 29, 2012

The Civil War comes into sharp focus in this exciting musical play set in 1863.  Three young boys are at the center of the story:  Jackson, a drummer in the Union army; Rufus, a southern boy orphaned by the war; and George Washington, an African American making his way to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

With lively action, rich music, evocative costumes, and just the right amount of humor, BATTLEDRUM offers young people a compelling point of entry into the complexities of the war that divided our nation. The production climaxes with a stirring drum line performed by the entire cast.

Duration:          55 minutes

Tickets and School Reservations Available NOW

Missouri History Museum Box Office: 314-361-9017

Missouri History Museum Website (scroll down to find Battledrum):

Ticket Prices:

$16 Adults
$14 Seniors, Individual Students, Military
$12 MHM Members, Groups of 10 or more
$  8  Special Rate for school groups

please note: schools need to call for reservations at the group rate and tickets (other than schools) may be ordered online.

Special Opportunities:

Visit the Missouri History Museum special exhibition, “The Civil War in Missouri.”

(FREE to school groups with advance reservation!)

Visit HEC-TV for special distance learning opportunities.

Click HERE for the January 5th episode of HEC-TV Live: Inside the Artist Studio: BATTLEDRUM, Drummer Boys and Civil War

Click HERE for the January 12th episode of HEC-TV Live: Inside the Artist Studio: BATTLEDRUM, Drummer Boys and Civil War

BATTLEDRUM Educator Guide

Timeless Themes:

  • Courage
  • Truth
  • Self-Reliance
  • Responsibility
  • Determination
  • Loss
  • Diversity

Curriculum Connections:

  • American History
  • Literacy
  • Character Education
  • Drama
  • Music

The Bill and Amy Koman Family Foundation

Battledrum, Drummer Boys and Civil War

To find out about school matinees of BATTLEDRUM, contact Nancy Tonkins (marketing director) at 314-997-6777 x 103 or