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The National Park Service & Bright Star Touring Theatre are proud to announce this performance designed especially to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial and many Black Americans who made a difference in America’s Heartland. Watch the pages of history come to life with interactive scenes: from the first black homesteaders reaching Nicodemus, KS to the Little Rock Nine on their first day of school. Meet famous leaders, groundbreakers and heroes such as Charles Young, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington Carver in this engaging and educational performance. Audiences will learn about many great National Parks throughout the Midwest, such as the Lincoln Home in Springfield, IL, Brown v Board of Education in Topeka, KS, and The National Monument of America in Beatrice, NE. This powerful production also includes anthems such as “Oh Freedom,” “I’m Gonna Eat at the Welcome Table,” “For Lincoln and Liberty Too,” and “Home on the Range.” With this production the National Park Service hopes to provided a launching pad for better understanding The Black Experience in the Heartland. Each year, Bright Star Touring Theatre serves nearly 1,400 audiences in schools, theaters, libraries, museums and more across the country. They offer a wide variety of curriculum-based programs. The company performs regularly at the National Theatre in Washington DC and the Savannah Black Heritage Festival in Georgia. Information about all their interactive shows, including production videos, photos, study guides and more is available online at www.brightstartheatre.com. For more information on this production, the National Park Service Centennial, or on how to Find Your Park, contact the National Park or Historic Site nearest you, or visit www.nps.gov.
Location: State Theater, Traverse City
Time: 10:00 AM
Fee Information: Free
Contact Phone Number: 231-326-4725