Ella is a pop culture obsessed teenager living in present day New York City. One afternoon she is transported back in time to meet the Jubilee Singers, a choir still in operation today that was founded shortly after the Civil War at one of the first schools for freedmen and freedwomen, and gains a new appreciation for history and education.
The show celebrates the Fisk University Jubilee Singers, a choir that’s credited with bringing African-American spirituals to mass audiences for the first time. The musical features timeless and beloved songs from the spiritual tradition, including “This Little Light of Mine” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”
Written by Myla Churchill
Directed by Colman Domingo
Music Directed by Kristen Lee Rosenfeld
Adapted from the book A BAND OF ANGELS by Deborah Hopkinson
Streaming November 16th – November 29th
Approximately 60 Minutes| Best for grades 5 and up
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A Band of Angels Virtual Field Trip includes pre and post-show content to support student engagement and learning. To prepare for Ella’s journey to the past, classes receive a pre-show activity that asks students to consider how our history informs our future. After the show, audiences can reflect with a NYCCT Teaching Artist on how they feel about this history and how they can use their voices to make change. The performance will be accessible to teachers and students through a unique link sent to your school. The show can be accessed at any time during the two week run and can be viewed multiple times. Materials available on the page will include: Resource guide, classroom writing and literacy-based activities for teachers and curated historical materials.
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