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Play illuminates civil rights stories

Cast members of “Becoming Bridges” will bring to life the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other human rights pioneers. - Courtesy Photo
Cast members of “Becoming Bridges” will bring to life the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other human rights pioneers.
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Vashon Allied Arts’ Family Series 2014 opens with the multimedia theatrical performance of the Broadway Center for Performing Arts (BCPA) touring show “Becoming Bridges” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Blue Heron.

Through music, songs and video elements, “Becoming Bridges” illuminates stories of courage, persistence and individual stands for justice in the fight for human and civil rights. The show highlights the tale of Ruby Bridges, a brave first-grader who helped integrate Louisiana’s public schools in the early 1960s and brings to life the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Langston Hughes and other influential authors, poets, activists and human rights pioneers.

“Becoming Bridges,” which includes a post-show question and answer session, is part of BCPA’s tradition of creating original touring productions that honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and encourage civic responsibility in youth.

The Family Series will continue next month with a performance by Caspar Babypants on Feb. 8. And on March 8, Book-It Repertory Theater will present “The Phantom Tollbooth.”

Single performance tickets are $6 youth and $8 adult. Series tickets are $15 youth or adult. Tickets are available at VAA, the Heron’s Nest or www.VashonAlliedArts.org.

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