RUBY! THE STORY OF RUBY BRIDGES
Full-Length Theater for Young Audiences Musical, no Intermission
6-10B, 13-17G, 1W
Book & Lyrics by Christina Ham
Music & Lyrics by Gary Rue
Additional MP3 Files for the Music from this Play Available Upon Request
When Ruby Bridges was six-years-old the Civil Rights movement came hammering at her door making her the first African-American child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South at the tender age of six-years-old.
On the heels of Brown versus Board of Education schools were ordered to integrate with "all deliberate speed". In 1960, Ruby became one of only six African-American children in New Orleans to integrate all-white schools in the city after passing a test. While Ruby integrated William Frantz Elementary School the other five students went to other schools throughout the city that left Ruby attend her school alone. When the white families learned that Ruby would be integrating William Frantz they pulled their children from its classrooms leaving Ruby and her first grade teacher, Mrs. Henry, the only ones left in the classroom for the entire school year. Undaunted, Mrs. Henry and Ruby formed a tight bond with one another while protestors jeered and threatened Ruby's life outside the school every day that she attended it. This decision also placed undue pressure on her family—almost tearing them apart—as they watched helplessly while federal marshals escorted young Ruby to school everyday.
With seven brand new songs inspired by the Shirelles, Sam Cooke, and Smokey Robinson, this play explores a little girl's unbeatable courage in the face of adversity as she helped to lead a Civil Rights movement up the front steps and into the classrooms of an elementary school in New Orleans.
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