Magic of Live Theatre Opens Cultural Awareness Week at Coahoma
CLARKSDALE – Intertwining the serious realities of civil rights history through the eyes of children with comedy, music, and the magic of live theatre, Cultural Awareness Week opened to an applauding packed house Tuesday night at Coahoma Community College.
Featuring five talented actors ranging in age from a stuttering 12 year-old to outspoken teenagers, “Getting Outta Bombingham,” written by Last Psalm Ministries director George Stewart, is the story of friends challenged with becoming freedom marchers in 1963 Alabama.
It’s funny, serious, laced with teenagers dreaming of big league baseball and Hattie’s amazing Ella Fitzgerald-style vocal talent singing “Summertime.”
Beneath the “All for one and one for all” pledge to stick together even if it’s inside jail, the plot continues to unfold with humor and a positive finale spin on what the actors are “getting out of Birmingham: “strength and the courage to face anything.”
Founders Day will be celebrated Wedneday at 10 a.m. in the Pinnacle with presentations by celebrity actress Flo Roach and Dr. Vivian Presley.
At 7 p.m. Thursday in the Pinnacle, local musical groups will be featured in a Talent Showcase, and CCC’s Concert Choir will perform its spring concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at New Covenant Baptist Church. All events are free and open to the public.