Bright Star Touring Theatre visited K-2 students at Pleasant Avenue Elementary School last week for a production of “Jackie Robinson,” a theatrical production celebrating the achievements of the first black baseball player to play on a Major League Baseball team.
As a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Jackie Robinson’s number “42” has come to symbolize the triumph of the human spirit over incredible odds and the power of persistence and determination in the face of adversity. The production highlighted some of the best moments of his career, and explained his role in ending segregation in American baseball.
“For most of our students, this was their first introduction to Jackie Robinson and the monumental role that he played in history,” Pleasant Avenue principal Cory Cotter said. “I think his story will spark a lot of great dialogue between students and teachers and result in some meaningful conversations in the classroom. Above all else, his story of perseverance and the importance of standing up for what you believe in, was an inspirational message for both staff and students to receive.”
Each year, Bright Star Touring Theatre serves nearly 1,800 audiences in schools, theaters, libraries, museums and more across the country. Information about all their interactive shows, including videos, photos, availability, study guides and more is available online at www.brightstartheatre.com.