Bright Star Theatre shines at Cleveland Middle School

From staff reportsNovember 8, 2013 

Actress Molly Laurel, second from right, enlists the assistance of Cleveland Middle students Leshae Tucker,left, Miranda Taylor and Colby Witmer during the Bright Star Theatre production of “Soundtrack to Freedom.”

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Cleveland Middle School recently hosted a production by the Bright Star Touring Theatre out of Asheville.

The theater group performed three shows of “Soundtrack to Freedom” to the school’s sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.

“Soundtrack to Freedom” is a 45-minute original musical production that celebrates the history of the United States through a timeline of classic songs.

Performers took students through the nation’s past, from the songs of Native American tribes to the powerful anthems of the civil rights movement, and everything in between.

The production consisted of several opportunities for audience interaction and also featured many sing-along moments. Some of the songs included “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “New York, New York,” and “We Shall Overcome.”

The show was packed full of historical facts and comedic fun, and at the end of the production students had the opportunity to ask the actors questions about their performances and careers.

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