Freedom Train

Grades 3 - 9 / 60 minutes

Tue., Mar. 11, 2014 · 10:00am
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Tue., Mar. 11, 2014 · 12:30pm
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Curriculum Connections: 
Cultural Diversity, History/Social Studies, Language Arts, Music/Dance, Relationships, Theatre

Planning a last minute field trip? You can still register for a performance less than four weeks prior to the show.  Email weidnereducation@uwgb.edu to check availability.

Freedom Train

Harriet Tubman was born a slave, but when she was 25 she made her perilous escape from a Maryland plantation, leaving her family behind. Pursued by dogs and relentless slave catchers, she followed an escape route laid out by Quakers — secret hiding places in churches, barns, cellars and homes.

The escape route that Harriet followed soon became known as the Underground Railroad, and she quickly became one of its most celebrated ‘conductors.’ Up creek beds, through swamps, over hills in the dark of night, on 19 secret trips Harriet Tubman guided more than 300 slaves, including her aged parents, to freedom. “I never run my train off the track,” she said, “and I never lost a passenger.”

Freedom Train tells the thrilling story of Harriet Tubman, the Moses of her people, in a fascinating series of highly theatrical scenes that use dance, dialogue, and music of the period. Songs include “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” “Steal Away,” “Wade in the Water,” “Good News, the Chariot’s A-comin’,” and many others still sung today. Freedom Train is the story of self-sacrifice, dedication and survival, laced with warmth and a sense of humor that celebrates the human spirit — a universal story for all.

Study Guide
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