The Wrights of Passage is a story of the passion and focus of two brothers who wanted to prove man could fly. The brothers made the first powered flights in 1903, in a machine of their own invention and construction. Their discoveries provided the foundation and technology for modern aviation and space exploration. Speaking the Wrights' own words and dressed in period costumes, professional actors portray the brothers with enthusiasm and vigor. Wilbur and Orville Wright construct an abstract replica of the famous flyer while revealing their biographies and re-living the poetry of their influences, discoveries, failures, and achievements. This drama celebrates the first 100 years of flight and various cultures' contributions to aviation history. Students read some prepared segments of the script, helping tell the Wright Brothers' story and the journey of aviation through the centuries. 4th & 8th grade curriculum ties include: NC & US geography & history; English Language Arts; Science.
The nationally touring and award-winning production company of EbzB Productions' workshops can be applied to grades 3-12 upon request and with required joint planning with faculty. Endorsed by numerous state & local arts councils, EbzB has trained with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Artists as Educators Program, and the Lincoln Center Institute's International Educator Program to conduct workshops in arts integration. EbzB Productions has established a solid reputation for its work with middle & high school classes to create historical narrative based on classroom oral history projects as well as specifically tailored residencies & workshops. Student workshops often are presented in tandem with scheduled performances.