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Freedom Song — A Story of Hope — TYA

(art courtesy of The Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads)

by Alexandra Grace Gaver

“Freedom Song — A Story Of Hope” takes a young, present-day student, Anne, on a journey through time with her guide, the incomparable Harriet Tubman. As her history unfolds around her, Anne discovers just a few of the different challenges and many triumphs of African-Americans, and meets a variety of individuals, including Ellen and William Craft and Martin Luther King, Jr. Join Anne on a journey through African-American history: the immense challenges, vital contributions, and unwavering courage. This play is educational, interactive and engagingly moving; a witty and exciting script to entertain and inspire both children and adults! A Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads Playscript.

This play has a slight restriction on its performance. The Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads is the only company that many perform the play in the following cities in Virginia: Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Newport News and Hampton.


PLAY DETAILS

  • about 60 minutes
  • 19m 4f 6either19m 4f 6either Can be doubled to 2f 2m, or 2f 2either)
    Anne – A student in detention. She is bright but doesn’t apply herself academically (African-American from Virginia/Maryland/Delaware)
    Harriet Tubman – The famous African-American abolitionist and suffragette
    The American Colonies – A human representation of the 18th century American colonies
    The British Empire – A human representation of the 18th/19th century British empire
    Attacker 1 – A dumb kidnapper
    Attacker 2 – Another dumb kidnapper
    Omar ibn Said – An Islamic scholar
    Sheriff – A Southern sheriff, not very bright
    Henry – An escaped slave living in the Great Dismal Swamp
    James – A poor white man living in the Great Dismal Swamp
    Old Quaker Man – An abolitionist and owner of a “station” of the Underground Railroad
    Quaker Woman – An abolitionist and owner of a “station” of the Underground Railroad
    Boat Captain – An abolitionist and owner of a “station” of the Underground Railroad
    Ellen Craft – A slave in Macon, Georgia
    William Craft – A slave in Macon, Georgia
    Mr. Cray – A wealthy man from Georgia
    W. C. Handy – The American songwriter known as the “Father of the Blues”
    Elvis Presley – The King
    Voter – A black Southern trying to vote
    Poll Worker – A man working the polls
    Soldier – A former WWII soldier
    John Lewis – The young leader of SNCC
    Jim Lawson – Leader of the non-violence civil rights organization The Fellowship of Reconciliation
    Charles – A young civil rights protester
    Church Member – A young civil rights protester
    James Farmer – Leader of the civil rights organization CORE
  • Fluid setting with multiple locations
  • Contemporary and mid-1800s costumes
  • ORDER #3205

Available by October 1


  • PERUSAL MATERIALS

    PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of 1/2 of the script is available: SOON


    REHEARSAL MATERIALS

    Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account), EMAIL us. CDs will be mailed to a snail mail address. Before we ship any rehearsal material we will need your performance dates, the name of your organization and the theatre where you will perform.

    Email us prior to your order so we have the info to give you a complete quote. EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.

        • Script in PDF format — Order #3205a : $20.00 (will be sent to you by email, from which you will be authorized to print copies for your production)



        • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3205d : $50.00




        • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3205e : $40.00




        • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application
        • Performance License Application: LBTLicenseApplication072017 No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us.

    PRODUCTIONS:

  • PREMIERE: Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads — 2016

  • BILLING CREDITS

    The following is how the credits should read in all programs, posters, fliers, handbills and other promotional advertising for the show:
    Freedom Song: A Story of Hope

    by
    Alexandra Grace Gaver

    NOTE: The names of the Playwright(s), Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play.

    Freedom Song: A Story of Hope” is presented through special arrangement with Leicester Bay Theatricals.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT, www.leicesterbaytheatricals.com”


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