"I don't think a lot of people are," he said. "When I think of Civil War, I think of re-enactment. I'd never known of a musical."
Parks said the structure of the show is very different.
"It's mostly music with very little dialogue. I probably have more dialogue than anyone else in the show."
Parks said there's much to be admired about Douglass.
"He was a very eloquent man. Not only was he a champion for slaves, he was a champion for females and the right to vote, for gaining political freedom and social freedom. A lot of white people didn't believe he was a slave," he said.
Parks said the show is an emotional journey through the Civil War and the end of slavery, based on actual speeches and historical letters.
"It's going to make you cry," he warned. "We have had the opportunity to perform for a couple of the backstage workers and two of the ladies cried the whole show.
"There's moments of joy and moments of sadness — it reminds us just how far we've come."
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.
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