“Bienvenidos!” Hispanic Heroes, Folktales and Cultures

(Best for Grades Pre-K - Adult)

History and Social Studies

Spanish speaking cultures can be found all over the globe in a wide variety of countries. Each culture is unique and has developed its own folktales and legends. “Bienvenidos!” takes a look at the wide variety of Hispanic cultures from around the world giving audiences a sense of the breadth and depth of Hispanic cultures. Meet legendary literary figures like Don Quixote, hear incredible folktales from places like Latin America and Mexico, and meet amazing modern heroes like legendary baseball player Roberto Clemente! This play is a perfect complement to celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month or any time of year that you want to hear a good story!

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“One Small Step…” The Real-life Journey to Outer Space

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

History and Social Studies, STEM

Few events in human history have captured the imagination quite like the journey that humankind took to the moon! This tale marks the history of flight and space travel from the ancient tale of Icarus, to the first flights of the Wright Brothers on the beaches at Kitty Hawk, to the Great Space Race of the 1960s and beyond! Your young pilots and astronauts will be thrilled to learn about the real life characters that took One Small Step!

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American Giants of Science

(Best for Grades 2nd - 8th)

History and Social Studies, STEM

Learn about the contributions of amazing scientists in this adventurous show that inspires and informs! Learn about Benjamin Franklin, Clara Barton, Thomas Edison and more in this amazing show that blends history and science into a fun and entertaining 45 minutes.

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Black History Hall of Fame

(Best for Grades Kindergarten - 5th)

Black History, History and Social Studies

So many amazing Americans and so little time to meet them all! Follow us on this amazing journey through Black History as we meet Maya Angelou, Aretha Franklin, Mae Jemison, the Buffalo Soldiers and more. A fast-paced adventure sure to delight any audience, see why Black History Hall of Fame has come to be one of our audiences’ favorite shows of all time!

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Black History Heroes, Soldiers & Spies

(Best for Grades 3rd - Adult)

Black History, History and Social Studies

History is filled with Black American heroes and in this production audiences learn the stories of some of the most amazing figures like Colonel Charles Young of the Buffalo Soldiers, the Tuskegee Airmen as they take flight to help achieve victory in World War II, and Mary Elizabeth Bowser, whose work as a spy helped the Union during the Civil War. An exciting and interactive production that is sure to intrigue young and old alike!

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Dreaming of America

(Best for Grades 3rd - Adult)

History and Social Studies

The American story is the story of people who dreamed of a new home, migrants and immigrants who faced tremendous difficulty. From the earliest settlers of Jamestown and the Pilgrims of Massachusetts, to the immigrants of Ellis island; from Dust Bowl farmers, to those who come to America to find a better life in modern times, this story explores what it means to be a stranger in a new land.

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Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History

(Best for Grades 3rd - Adult)

Black History, History and Social Studies

From the work songs of the fields of people who were enduring the bonds of slavery, to Ragtime, Jazz, R&B, and the inspired spirituals of the Civil Rights movement, this play follows the compelling story of the role that music played in the history of Black Americans. Meet incredible Americans like Scott Joplin, Billy Holladay, Little Richard and more in a tale that is sure to intrigue audiences of all ages!

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George Washington Carver & Friends

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Black History, History and Social Studies, STEM

Black History heroes laid the groundwork for some of the most amazing discoveries of the modern era, especially when it comes to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Hosted by the incredible scientist, George Washington Carver, a man who invented thousands of uses for the lowly peanut, this show introduces students to other incredible scientists, entrepreneurs and groundbreakers from Black History. Meet Madame CJ Walker, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall and more!

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Greece Lightning

(Best for Grades Kindergarten - 6th)

History and Social Studies, Literature and Literacy

The Greeks were quite an amazing culture indeed! In this fast-paced romp, you will meet some of the most amazing characters from Greek history and learn about some of the incredible myths and legends that make the Greeks so interesting. Along the way you will meet Zeus and his Olympian friends from Greek mythology, cross the waves with Poseidon and follow along the epic adventures of Hercules, and discover even more about the culture and customs of ancient Greeks! It’s been 3000 years since the ancient Greeks have been as popular as they are today. Find out why with Greece Lightning!

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Heroes of the Underground Railroad

(Best for Grades 2nd - 6th)

Black History, History and Social Studies

During one of the darkest periods of American History, thousands of enslaved people undertook a harrowing journey to find freedom. That story comes to life in Heroes of the Underground Railroad. This play highlights several of the heroic stories of the brave men and women who dared to escape slavery, and the abolitionists who risked everything to aid them along the way.  Your audiences will be amazed at the heroics of Harriet Tubman, Henry “Box” Brown, Frederick Douglass, Levi Coffin, and John Parker in this incredible show of true American Heroes.

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Jack’s Adventure in American History

(Best for Grades 2nd - 6th)

History and Social Studies

Join Jack as he crams for his upcoming test. When his history book magically bursts, Jack meets some of the most exciting people in our nation’s history! George Washington, Ben Franklin, Henry Ford and Neil Armstrong are just some of the 22 characters who show up in this high-energy adventure. Audience volunteers help write the Constitution, work on Ford’s assembly line and even demand the right to vote.

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Jack’s Great American Road Trip

(Best for Grades Kindergarten - 6th)

History and Social Studies

Pack your bags as Jack takes the audience on one incredible road trip! Learn important lessons about the geography of our country. Through Jack’s resiliency and determination we encounter the incredible variety of people and places that make up America! From the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi Delta; from the Glaciers of Alaska to the Florida Everglades, follow Jack and learn what makes America such a unique and amazing place!

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Jackie Robinson

(Best for Grades Kindergarten - 5th)

Black History, Health and Wellness, History and Social Studies

Jackie Robinson’s number “42” has come to symbolize the triumph of the human spirit over incredible odds. This biographical tale follows the life of Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player to cross the color lines in the Major Leagues. A real-life hero and a tribute to the power of persistence and determination in the face of adversity, see why Jackie Robinson has inspired so many people both in and out of sports!

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Legends of the Lone Star State

(Best for Grades Kindergarten - 8th)

History and Social Studies

Celebrate Texas History with Bright Star Touring Theatre!  This spring, Bright Star will be helping Texas’ schools, libraries and theaters celebrate the legends, heroes and tall tales that make up Texas History with their brand new show Legends of the Lone Star State.  From Stephen F. Austin to Barbara Jordan, from the Legend of the Bluebonnet to Pecos Bill, Legends of the Lone Star State weaves together the stories and heroes that make Texans so proud. 

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Let it Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement 1955-1968

(Best for Grades 3rd - Adult)

Black History, History and Social Studies

This powerful production will introduce audiences to poignant events and notable names of the Civil Rights Movement. This acclaimed show focuses on the tumultuous years between 1955 and 1968 and shines a light on important milestone in our history, including: the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the SCLC, Brown v. Board of Education, Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and more come to life in this powerful tale. Through stories and song, Let It Shine shows the high price that was paid by those who fought for equal rights during this turbulent time.

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Meet Dr. King

(Best for Grades Kindergarten - 5th)

Black History, History and Social Studies

One of our most popular productions, Meet Dr. King is a wonderful introduction to the life and work of one of America’s most influential men. This show is perfect for younger audiences, serving to introduce students to major concepts of Black History like freedom, integration and equality. Meet Dr. King helps young people begin to understand the importance of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. Follow along as the play takes us from Dr. King’s life as just a young boy experiencing racism for the first time, to meeting his wife, Coretta, to becoming a pastor and finally a national inspiration.

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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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Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King

(Best for Grades 3rd - Adult)

Black History, History and Social Studies

One of Black History’s most influential Civil Rights Leaders, the life and story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of both triumph and tragedy. Learn how Dr. King came to be such a prominent leader in this dramatic show. Follow Dr. King’s life from his time as a young boy in Georgia, to becoming a preacher in Alabama, to becoming an important figure on the international stage. A powerful and impactful story, audiences will come to recognize that the Civil Rights won during Dr. King’s time came with a heavy price.

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The Greatest: Sports Heroes A to Z

(Best for Grades Kindergarten - 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 revue 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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The Story of Anne Frank

(Best for Grades 3rd - Adult)

History and Social Studies, Literature and Literacy

World War II was a desperate and intense time for everyone, but it was especially devastating to the Jewish people living under Nazi rule. Through direct accounts from Anne Frank’s diary and the heartfelt retelling of her story by her father, Otto, this production offers an engaging and accessible approach to one of history’s darkest chapters. The courage of Anne Frank and her family is the story of the strength of the human spirit in the most challenging times.

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