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September 11, 2015

Voices From the Earth to Perform on September 17

West Virginia Wesleyan College Arts Alive! Series will present the Voices from the Earth (VFTE) Chautauqua on Thursday, September 17, in conjunction with Constitution Day. The presentation will be held in the Culpepper Auditorium of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

A travelling theatre arts company from Thomas, WV under the direction of Ilene Evans, VFTE Chautauqua will be performing Rebuilding A Nation: Fulfilling the Promise of Freedom

The historical portrayals create a framework for a dialogue. Chautauqua-style programs use historical portrayals, storytelling, and songs to recapture the chilling and inspiring exploits of some of the most famous men and women in America. Such unique presentations bring history to life by allowing the audience to step back in time and take part by interacting with the storytellers who are also renowned scholars on their character's life and times. 

The portrayal of Robert Smalls, portrayed by Jamal Koram, will illustrate how African Americans entered the political realm just after the war and helped to shape law, land rights, education and welfare. Frances Harper, portrayed by Arthuretta Martin, will speak to the same issues for women and the success of the Port Royal Experiment. 

Frederick Douglass, portrayed by Charles Everett Pace, will reflect on the progress of his own children in the struggle for freedom. Harriet Tubman, portrayed by Ilene Evans, will speak to the importance of building communities, owning land, building schools and churches, and how to work in ways that sustain and support a life in freedom.

For more information, please call the Office of Campus Life at 304-473-8104.


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