1 Act, Book Musical, Rated G
TheatreWorks USA Version (1974)
The thrilling story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad comes to life using the period's rich musical tradition. 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.
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
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."
Created with curriculum connections in mind, Freedom Train was designed for theatres looking to bring educational theatre to schools or after-school programs. A small cast, shortened running time and limited design requirements make this a perfect show for touring.
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