YEAR OF THE BOAR AND JACKIE ROBINSON
In 1947, the Year of the Boar, a young girl leaves China with her parents for a new beginning in America... But it's harder than she expected. Though her classmates in Brooklyn come from a variety of backgrounds, Shirley is the only one who doesn't speak English, and she worries that she will never have a friend.
But through a new love of the Brooklyn Dodgers (especially her hero Jackie Robinson), Shirley begins to feel at home. Based on the book by Bette Bao Lord and told using Chinese and English, with humor and multimedia staging, the play celebrates the bravery and sacrifice of those who bring new perspectives to our country.
This production is brought to Des Moines by Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) who share the belief that drama education and theatre are unique, socially-based education and art forms that help their participants and audiences walk in the shoes of others, allowing them to expand their imaginations, enrich their lives and discover the infinite possibilities in the world.
Literacy, Social Studies, SEL, Theater
Teachers will be granted access to supplemental materials to help students prepare for and to reflect on their experience at the theater. Materials are generally available four-six weeks before the performance.
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