Bright Star Touring Theatre gives free performance honoring great African-Americans, March 10


Join The National Park Service, Blue Ridge Visitor Center and Bright Star Touring Theatre to Lift Every Voice.

A local theatre company has partnered with the National Park Service to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service with a special performance. Bright Star Touring Theater of Asheville, NC will present an original play Lift Every Voice: The Black Experience in the Heartland on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 at 10:30 am at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center at 195 Hemphill Knob Road, Asheville, NC 28803. Admission is FREE. Lift Every Voice is open to all ages and is best for ages 8 and up. From the study guide for Lift Every Voice:

“In creating this show, we want to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial and those who helped make America what it is today. This 60 minute production focuses on African Americans who overcame great odds in order to win their freedom and change America for the better. You will meet famous leaders, groundbreakers, and heroes such as Col. Charles Young, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington Carver. You will learn about many of the great National Parks throughout the Midwest, such as the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and the Brown v Board of Education National Historic Site. This powerful production also includes songs such as “I’m Gonna Eat at the Welcome Table” and “Lift Every Voice & Sing.” With this production the National Park Service hopes to provide a launching pad for better understanding the Black experience in the Heartland. We hope this production can teach some of the history of the National Park Service and offer young people real role models and heroes from American History.”

The performance of Lift Every Voice coincides with Bright Star’s filming of the production at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center. 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 DC 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

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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