Lift Every Voice: The Black Experience in the Heartland will be performed at Fort Scott National Historic Site

National Park Service News Release- Fort Scott National Historic Site


Contact: Barak V. Geertsen, barak_geertsen@nps.gov, (620) 223-0310
Fort Scott National Historic Site
PO Box 918, Fort Scott, KS 66701

Lift Every Voice: The Black Experience in the Heartland will be performed at Fort Scott National Historic Site 

Fort Scott, KS – The staff of Fort Scott National Historic Site is pleased to announce that the Bright Star Touring Theater will present an original play, Lift Every Voice: The Black Experience in the Heartland, on March 8, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the site’s Grand Hall. Admission is FREE.

The National Park Service & Bright Star Touring Theatre teamed up to produce Lift Every Voice, designed especially to celebrate the National Park Service’s Centennial and many Black Americans who made a difference in the American Midwest. Lift Every Voice is designed to meet the National Park Service’s Centennial goal of connecting with and creating the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates. The play is ideal for kids ages 8-12, but all can enjoy this engaging performance. A performance at 1:30 p.m. that day will be attended by the fifth grade class of Eugene Ware Elementary School. The 7 p.m. performance is for the general public.

During the performance, visitors watch pages of history come to life with interactive scenes: from the first African American Civil War combat soldiers who joined the Union Army at Fort Scott, 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 Fort Scott National Historic Site, Brown v Board of Education in Topeka, KS, and The Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, NE. This production also includes empowering songs such as Oh Freedom, I’m Gonna Eat at the Welcome Table, For Lincoln and Liberty Too, and Home on the Range.

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, D.C. 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.

Fort Scott National Historic Site is one of over 400 National Park sites throughout the country. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. For more information, please call the park at 620-223-0310 between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or visit our website at www.nps.gov/fosc.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 409 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov

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