Living Voices returns to Kansas City with a series of single actor historical plays highlighting the experiences of minority groups in history. MCHE is pleased to sponsor presentations of 5 Living Voices plays throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Each presentation will last approximately 90 minutes with introduction and Q&A.

Presentations may be booked at the Jewish Community Campus on specified dates for a small fee or scheduled at your school for $250. See each presentation below for availability and registration information at the bottom of the page. Teaching guides are available for each presentation at www.livingvoices.org/teachguide/teachguide.html.

Schools who host a presentation are responsible for providing the following:

  • Screen for projection
  • Projector that can be connected to a computer
  • Sound system that can be connected to a computer
  • Microphone on a stand or a clip on microphone for the actor
  • Stool for the performer

Free community performances of each show are scheduled at the Jewish Community Campus and at partner organizations throughout the metro area. Click here for information about those performances.

Silence

WITHIN THE SILENCEOCTOBER 16-17, 2017
Emiko Yamada, a teenage girl growing up in Seattle’s “Nihonmachi” (Japantown), learns early that there are certain parts of town and certain establishments where she is not welcome.  The Yamadas are proud of their American life and their contribution to their new country, but when Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, the people of Emiko’s community become scapegoats for American fear.

JCC Presentation

  • October 16, 2017 at 10:00

School Presentations

  • October 16, 2017 with a start time not earlier than 1:00 and not later than 2:00
  • October 17, 2017 with a start time not earlier than 9:00 and not later than 10:00
  • October 17, 2017 with a start time not earlier than 1:00 and not later than 2:00
La Causa

LA CAUSA – NOVEMBER 28-29, 2017

La Causa is the story of Maria Hernandez, the daughter of Mexican American migrant workers, and her life-changing involvement in the Farm Workers movement led by Cesar Chavez in the 1960s and 1970s. As a young woman, she must balance the demands of her family and her culture and fights to see her family free of poverty.

JCC Presentation

  • November 29, 2017 at 10:00

School Presentations

  • November 28, 2017 with a start time not earlier than 9:00 and not later than 10:00
  • November 28, 2017 with a start time not earlier than 1:00 and not later than 2:00
  • November 29, 2017 with a start time not earlier than 1:00 and not later than 2:00
Right to Dream

THE RIGHT TO DREAM – JANUARY 10-11, 2018

The Right to Dream is told from the viewpoint of Ruby Hollis, a young African American growing up in a small town in Mississippi on the brink of the American Civil Rights movement. This program illuminates the issues of civil rights, leading audiences to understand how the fight against prejudice has shaped our history.

JCC Presentation

  • January 10, 2018 at 10:00

School Presentations

  • January 10, 2018 with a start time not earlier than 1:00 and not later than 2:00
  • January 11, 2018 with a start time not earlier than 9:00 and not later than 10:00
  • January 11 2018 at 1:00 – This presentation is no longer available.
Eyes

THROUGH THE EYES OF A FRIEND – MARCH 5-6, 2018

Through The Eyes of a Friend is the story of Sarah Weis (composite character), the daughter German Jews who flees to Holland when the Nazis come to power. There, Sarah becomes friends with Anne Frank. When the Nazis invade Holland. Sarah hides in a basement until she is discovered and sent to the Westerbork concentration camp. At Westerbork, Sarah and Anne are reunited, and later transported to Auschwitz.

JCC Presentation

  • March 6, 2018 at 10:00

School Presentation

  • March 5, 2018 at 9:00 – this presentation time is no longer available.
  • March 5, 2018 with a start time not earlier than 1:00 and not later than 2:00
  • March 6, 2018 with a start time not earlier than 1:00 and not later than 2:00

REGISTRATION

  • School groups outside of the Kansas City metro area receive priority scheduling for presentations at the Jewish Community Campus.
  • Presentations at schools must be booked within an hours drive from Overland Park, Kansas.
  • Students must be 7th-12th graders.
  • One adult chaperone per 15 students is required. Adults do not count in the payment calculations.
  • Reserved seating will be allotted based on the head count provided.
  • Groups will be accepted on a space available basis.
  • You will be invoiced for payment after your registration is accepted and it is determined that adequate space is available. Your reservation will be confirmed upon receipt of payment.
  • Please complete separate registration forms for each date you wish to attend.

PAYMENT FOR PRESENTATIONS AT JCC
Following receipt of your application, an invoice will be generated and payment is due within one week in order to confirm your reservation.

Up to 25 students $1.00 per student
26-99 students $50.00
100-199 students $75.00
200+ students $100.00

PAYMENT FOR PRESENTATIONS AT YOUR SCHOOL
$250

Principal funding for this program is provided by the Community Legacy Fund with additional support from J-LEAD, both of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City

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