Freedom Bound is an original play with music that tells the tale of the most important incident in the history of the Underground Railroad in Ohio. The show follows the story of Addison White, a slave who escaped from Kentucky and traveled the Railroad north to the small town of Mechanicsburg, OH. There, he was befriended by a farmer named Udney Hyde. He lived in Hyde’s barn, working for his meals by day and learning to read and write with the help of Hyde’s daughter, Amanda, by night. Hyde was a suspected abolitionist, however, and it was not long before Addison was discovered by his former Master. Federal marshals surrounded Hyde’s cabin in the middle of the night. They were prepared to arrest Addison and return him to slavery, but over 100 citizens from Mechanicsburg confronted the marshals and demanded that they set Addison free. Freedom Bound uses drama and music, as well as riddles and rhyme, to create characters that emerge from the past and bring the Underground Railroad to life right before your eyes.
OPTIONAL HERITAGE HILL EXPERIENCE
This year we are offering an optional full day of activities for your students in partnership with Heritage Hill State Historical Park. Students will attend the performance at the Weidner Center and visit the Heritage Hill to participate in hands-on activities related to each show.
Option 1 Schedule:
10am – 11am • Performance at the Weidner Center
11:30am – 12pm • Bring bag lunches to enjoy at Heritage Hill
12pm – 1:30pm • Tour and hands-on activities at Heritage Hill
Option 2 Schedule:
9:30am – 11am • Tour and hands-on activities at Heritage Hill
11am – 11:30am • Bring bag lunches to enjoy at Heritage Hill
12:30pm – 1:30pm • Performance at the Weidner Center
For only $10 per student, you will receive admission to the performance and Heritage Hill. Reservations are on a first-come, first served basis. Space is limited. Scholarships are not available for the Heritage Hill experience as the program is already discounted.