Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, NC, is visiting the area with their productions of Struggle for Freedom and George Washington Carver and Friends. These performances are sponsored by the Jackson County Arts Council and will be held at the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on February 6, 2013 for five local schools. Struggle for Freedom will be at 10:00 a.m. and George Washington Carver and Friends will be at 12:30 p.m.
Struggle for Freedom is a 45-minute production that seeks to honor the American Civil Rights Movement by celebrating key moments of the struggle. Within this historical context, the life and work of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. provides the backdrop to scenes that recreate the Montgomery bus boycott, the March on Washington, the Woolworth Sit-ins and much more. With excerpts of famous speeches, Civil Rights era songs and a variety of characters this moving production has been hailed as one of ‘the finest touring shows available for young audiences.’
George Washington Carver and Friends gives students a fast-paced and accessible introduction to many influential black Americans who have shaped our nation over the last 150 years. The lives and accomplishments of Booker T. Washington, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, Madame C.J. Walker, and other famous leaders are brought to life in this empowering production.
Bright Star Touring Theatre serves nearly 1,000 audiences annually with a variety of programs ranging from Heroes of the Underground Railroad to Aesop’s Fables. The company is committed to providing professional theatre to audiences at an affordable and all-inclusive rate. Information about all the interactive shows touring this season, including production videos, photos, study guides and more is available online at www.brightstartheatre.com. For more information on George Washington Carver and Friends, Struggle for Freedom or Bright Star in general, please contact Bright Star Touring Theatre at (336) 558-7360.
The Jackson County Arts Council is accepting donations that will go toward these performances and bussing the students to and from these productions. If you would like to make a donation or find out more information, please contact the Jackson County Arts Council at 507-9820, visit their website: www.jacksoncountyarts.org or find them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/JacksonCountyArtsCouncil.