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Students will hear songs from five different genres of African-American music as well as narratives that set historical context about how the genres came into existence. The program develops chronologically, starting with Negro spirituals, then moving to Gospel, Blues, Motown and ending with present day. Along the way, the singer/presenter asks students questions and integrates them into the performance. A team of singer and pianist will bring history alive and leave the students with a deeper understanding of each genre and the origin behind the sounds. This program is designed for grades 3-12; while the same songs are used in each performance, the show is adapted with accessible language appropriate to each grade level.
The North Carolina Theatre Conservatory is the flagship education program of the North Carolina Theatre. In addition to various classes for ages three to adult in acting, dance and voice, NCTC implements several curriculum-based programs in schools through the Stage2School program, including Theatre4Change and The Sound of Freedom. Since 2007, Theatre4Change has partnered with multiple Boys and Girls Clubs, Passage Home and the LINKS program; it was named the 2015 Partner of the Year from Amazing Grace Etiquette for work with at-risk youth. Since 2013, Theatre4Change has conducted over 500 workshops and reached over 9000 students in WCPSS. The Sound of Freedom uses a professional pianist and vocalist to conduct the assembly style program.