Tour 13 | 2018

Let Freedom Ring: music & Poetry of Black History

(Best for Grades 3rd - Adult)

Black History

This is a powerful and accessible production that takes every audience member on a journey through African American History and Culture. Follow the journey from Africa through slavery to the Civil Rights Movement and the powerful voices of today’s leaders. Hear the powerful voices of Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Maya Angelou and more. very audience member will walk away with a better understanding of these historical events by hearing the speeches, songs and poetry of these powerful Americans.

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Tour 12 | 2018

Frederick Douglass

(Best for Grades 3rd - Adult)

Black History

We’re thrilled to be bringing back one of our favorite heroes from Black History. Frederick Douglass’ life story is truly awe inspiring. From his escape on a Maryland plantation, to his days as a newspaper publisher, to his role as a presidential advisor, Douglass promoted education as the key to success and bravely fought to make America a better place for all. This production celebrates the power of education and how each of us can accomplish whatever we set our hearts to.

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Black History Heroes, Soldiers & Spies

(Best for Grades 3rd - Adult)

Black History, History and Social Studies

We’ve created a new show that celebrates some of the many stories of Black American heroes. In this production, audiences will have an opportunity to experience the work of the Buffalo Soldiers, including Colonel Charles Young, as they explore and settle the American West. They will also join the Tuskegee Airmen as they take flight to help win World War II. This play also highlights the work of spies such as Mary Elizabeth Bowser who worked for the Union during the Civil War. This exciting and interactive production will captivate audiences as they are drawn into some of the most unique and exciting stories from Black History.

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The Greatest: Sports Heroes A to Z

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Black History, Health and Wellness, History and Social Studies

This exciting, energetic production celebrates some of the greatest sports heroes of all time! Young audiences will be introduced to a ton of amazing athletes including Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Peyton Manning, Jackie Robinson and many more. This fun and engaging review of the world’s greatest sports heroes includes fun facts and important lessons about perseverance, health, wellness and integrity. Your young audience will be cheering for more by the end of this adventure in sports from A to Z!

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Tour 11 | 2017

North Star

(Best for Grades 3rd - Adult)

Black History, History and Social Studies

This engaging production celebrates the life and work of America’s most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad. From her earliest days on a Maryland plantation to her own journey to freedom, we get to see an up close and personal glimpse into the courageous life of Harriet Tubman. Her unmatched and daring 19 trips to help complete strangers make their way to freedom is just one piece of the amazing things she accomplished. This show celebrates the life of Harriet Tubman and her work as conductor, spy and true American hero.

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Black History Hall of Fame

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Black History, History and Social Studies

Join us in this fast-paced adventure featuring hall-of-famers who have shaped our nation’s past, present and future! In just 45 minutes your young audience will be introduced to over a dozen groundbreakers and hall-of-famers who have largely contributed to shaping our nation’s past, present and future. You’ll see everyone from Maya Angelou and Aretha Franklin to the Buffalo Soldiers and Mae Jemison – and that’s just to name a few! Young audience volunteers and incredibly talented performers bring this show to life in every way.

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Jackie Robinson

(Best for Grades Kindergarten - 5th)

Black History, Health and Wellness, History and Social Studies

This baseball star played an important role in integrating professional sports. His story is showcased in a production which is heartwarming, lively and interactive. Young audiences join Jackie as he learns valuable lessons from his mother, then cheer him on as he scores his first home run as a professional baseball player. Volunteers even join Jackie onstage to help him overcome bullying without fighting back. The Jackie Robinson story is the perfect complement to Black History celebrations and inspires young people to do what is right, follow their dreams and never give up.

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African Folktales

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Black History

Join two talented African griots (storytellers), Akili and Jabari, as they share stories that celebrate the vastness of the African landscape. As your students enter the performance space, the sounds of African instruments and a bustling market fill the air. Audience interaction abounds as our skilled performers bring to life Anansi, pourquoi and trickster tales. Sing-alongs, stories and humor help celebrate world cultures, language and oral tradition in this inventive and high energy production!

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Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King

(Best for Grades 3rd - Adult)

Black History, History and Social Studies

This powerful and accessible production has grown to become one of our most requested shows. Struggle for Freedom celebrates the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the context of the American Civil Rights Movement. Featuring songs from the era, this production offers your audience the opportunity to experience the heroic work of Rosa Parks as she refuses to give up her seat, The Great March on Washington of 1963 and many more of the key moments that shaped both the civil rights movement and our country.

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Let it Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement

(Best for Grades 3rd - Adult)

Black History, History and Social Studies

This powerful show brings to the stage pivotal moments of the American struggle for civil rights. The Freedom Riders, “Bombingham” and the Montgomery bus boycott are just a few of the events that unfold before your audience. Key figures and dynamic songs from the time period are welcomed to the stage with an accessible script that provides a great launching pad for understanding this challenging time in our nation’s past.

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Heroes of the Underground Railroad

(Best for Grades 3rd - Adult)

Black History, History and Social Studies

From the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to schools across America, our most requested show returns for its 12th year! Join Harriet Tubman, Levi Coffin, Henry “Box” Brown, John Parker and more in an empowering look at the figures behind America’s Underground Railroad. From the secret signs along routes to the abolitionist movement, this play leaves few stones unturned. This engaging production has routinely been called the “best assembly we’ve ever had” by educators across America. Heroes of the Underground Railroad sells out every year.

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Meet Dr. King

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Black History, History and Social Studies

For your youngest audiences we are proud to present this production that celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in an accessible and easy-to-follow story. Students will learn about key moments in the life of Dr. King from his childhood in Atlanta, Georgia and the important lessons passed down by his father, to some of his greatest moments as an inspiring leader. Meet Dr. King is the perfect introduction to an American hero and will inspire young audiences to use peace, leadership and conflict resolution in their own schools and communities.

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Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History

(Best for Grades 3rd - Adult)

Black History, History and Social Studies

This hit musical revue is one of our most sought after productions. Join our energetic actors in this entertaining musical revue of Black History! From the work songs of slavery (“Hoe Emma Hoe”) and the hymns of the Underground Railroad (“Follow the Drinking Gourd”) to the blues of Beale Street and the anthems of the Civil Rights Movement, music has always been an integral part of our nation’s past. In this production, our actor/singers tell the stories behind these famous and forgotten hymns, work songs and musical styles while sampling songs that spread across continents, genres and centuries.

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George Washington Carver & Friends

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Black History, History and Social Studies

Our blockbuster is back for a fourth year, just in time for your Black History celebrations! Join George Washington Carver as he leads your students on a fast-paced and hilarious introduction to some of the most influential Black Americans of the last 150 years. Booker T. Washington, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall and Madame C.J. Walker are just a few of the inspirational stories brought to life in this empowering production.

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