Students will experience a history of African-American arts: literature, poetry, art, music, and dance. Students will be inspired by the notable achievements of several exceptional African-American artists.
This production includes a full script, cast sheet, and production notes (per scene). It comprises 8 scenes, with an introduction, a conclusion, and a finale. Cast includes 10 student readers as announcers/narrators, male or female. Dramatic portrayals accompany the readings to include approximately 30-40 additional student performers as African drummers, African dancers, poets, artists, singers, disco dancers, steppers, and even rappers (specific dance choreography not provided). This production can be utilized as a school-wide production or modified for a small group performance. Suggested song titles are included for each scene. Choral finale suggestion is included to allow for student singers/chorus. Specific musical tracks are not provided. Costume choices are left to the discretion of the director.
-Africa: The Beat of the Drum
-The Effect of Slavery: Langston Hughes
-Life After Slavery: Sojourner Truth
-The Harlem Renaissance: The Birth of Jazz & Billie Holiday
-Segregation: The Art of Romare Bearden
-Civil Rights: Ralph Ellison & The Ballad of Birmingham
-The 70’s Peace and Brotherhood: The Root of Disco
-The Present: Politics and Hip-Hop Music
NOTE: Students of every gender and race can participate in this theatrical production as any of the readers and/or performers. As people everywhere gain an understanding of the histories, struggles, and accomplishments of diverse cultures, we progress as a people united.