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Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963

A Nationwide Staged Reading

Event Detail
Date: Sunday, September 15th
Time: 6:00 pm

Students from the University of Central Florida’s School of Performing Arts join the Kennedy Center and venues across the country in presenting a reading of Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963.

Written by playwright Christina Ham, these readings commemorate the precise 50th anniversary of the 1963 bombing that took the lives of four young girls at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

Every child imagines what they want to be when they grow up. The four little girls who attended the 16th Street Baptist Church were no exception. Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963 centers on Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and Addie Mae Collins, four little girls who are multi-talented and bursting with promise and who share their hopes and dreams against the backdrop of the civil rights movement. While Denise dreams of becoming a doctor, Carole looks forward to the dress she will one day wear at the cotillion, Cynthia imagines her life as a mathematics professor at the local university, and Addie Mae envisions a life as a professional baseball player. The realities of the segregated political climate that will put a stop to these dreams swirl around them and eventually culminate in the fateful events of September 15, 1963. This play examines what it is like to be a child in the most extreme circumstances.

Additional Public Info: This reading is part of Project1Voice’s nation-wide, simultaneous event of staged readings commemorating this seminal event which helped to galvanize the American civil rights movement only weeks after the historic March on Washington where Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream Speech.” For a full list of additional performance locations across the country, please visit www.project1voice.org.

Sponsored by the Orlando Repertory Theatre and directed by UCF MFA Candidates Tara Kromer and Sara Brunow, the cast consists of students in the University of Central Florida’s School of Performing Arts.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/334535890025608/?ref=br_tf image for event 12878
Location: Room: Studio 1
Tara Kromer

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