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Montreal Families

Play celebrates a black, historical female hero

February is a month to celebrate black history and heroes like Harriet Tubman, the slave who escaped and helped others to freedom via the Underground Railroad. On Feb. 21, the Black Theatre Workshop, and Carousel Players will present Tubman’s story with the award-winning play The Power of Harriet T.

Based partly on the facts of Tubman’s life but enhanced by speculation, music, and a cast of actors playing multiple roles and characters, the play is intended to be both entertaining and educational for children 6 and up. Audiences will learn how Civil War-era abolitionist Tubman managed to not only flee her own captors in the 1850s, but also to help hundreds of other former slaves make the risky journey to freedom in Canada.

The play will be presented in schools across Montreal during the month of February as part of the Black Theatre Workshop’s annual school tour. A public performance take place on Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. at the Black Community Resource Centre, 6767 Cote des Neiges Rd.  Tickets cost $10 for adults and $6 for children under the age of 12.

For more information, including a free downloadable study guide, visit blacktheatreworkshop.ca.

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