Youtheatre productions offer a unique opportunity to engage students from
Kindergarten thru 12th grade in the performing arts and expand their horizons.
Produced by Mad River Theatreworks
Thursday, February 8, 2018
10am & 12pm
Grades 3rd to 8th
Curriculum Connections: American History – Civil Rights
Themes: Freedom, Protest, Equity, Racism, Segregation
Set in 1961, fifteen years after the United States Supreme Court had outlawed segregation, bus lines and cities throughout the South still enforced a rigid system of separating black and white citizens. The Freedom Riders, both black and white Americans, from the North and the South, decided to travel together on buses that crossed state lines despite the hateful segregation and racism that had a strong hold in so many parts of the United States. The unforgettable heroes, and the facts behind the events portrayed in Freedom Riders, are essential to a full understanding of the Civil Rights era and American history.
Freedom Riders is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Crane Group.