Vulcan Museum and the Negro Southern League Museum have partnered up to present Make It Happen Theatre Company‘s impactful stage production of Homeplate Heroes, written by Alicia Johnson-Williams. The play will be presented by the MIH Youth Ensemble on Thursday, August 26, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
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Co-directed by LaShanna R. Tripp and Eric “EJ” Marable, with Choreography by Byron Bradley, Homeplate Heroes will take the audience on a journey along with the youth of the play, as it retells the trials, tribulations, and records made by the phenomenal men, and women, of the Negro Leagues.
Audiences will have a chance to hear from the endearing, barrier-breaker, Jackie Robinson, the record-setting Satchel Paige, and others, including the incomparable female baseball player, Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, as the youngsters in the play learn the power of affirming their dreams by never giving up.
Don’t miss this remarkable staging of the indelible Negro League baseball era, where legends were born despite the racial discrimination that rose to knock them down and bury them.
It is through this creative, live performance of theatre, poetry, song, and dance, that tribute is made to the heroes of Negro Lague baseball.
Tickets for the production are now available, but seating is limited. To purchase, visit the Vulcan Park & Museum page here.
WHERE: Vulcan Park & Museum, 1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209
ADMISSION: $8 Members, $10 Non-members
ABOUT VULCAN PARK & MUSEUM
Vulcan, Birmingham Alabama’s colossal statue is the world’s largest cast-iron statue and considered one of the most memorable works of civic art in the United States. Designed by Italian artist Giuseppe Moretti and cast from local iron in 1904, Vulcan has overlooked Alabama’s largest city from atop Red Mountain since the 1930s.
By 1999, the 50-ton statue was in desperate need of repair. The surrounding 10-acre park was closed. Vulcan was removed from his pedestal. Realizing Vulcan’s importance to the region’s history, city leaders sought public support for its restoration, forming the non-profit Vulcan Park Foundation. The foundation would oversee a master plan to return this colossal statue to his 1904 grandeur. They also created a dynamic educational park complex interpreting Alabama’s rich industrial history for both residents and visitors from across the globe.
Today, thanks to public-private partnerships and a $15.5 million campaign, this beloved symbol of Birmingham and the nation’s iron and steel industry stands preserved and proud as the centerpiece of it rehabilitated and expanded park, now referred to as Vulcan Park and Museum.
Meet Vulcan and learn the fascinating history that makes him so significant to Birmingham!
ABOUT NEGRO SOUTHERN LEAGUE MUSEUM
The mission of the Negro Southern League Museum is to present the history of African-American baseball in an unsurpassed manner by maintaining a world-class facility that recognizes the League’s impact on Birmingham, Alabama and the world of professional baseball. This understanding, along with the acknowledgement of the players’ ability to inspire people of all races and transcend barriers, establishes a blueprint for the Museum to evoke a broad-sense of community and create unparalleled cultural and educational experiences that acknowledge the past, embrace the present, and frame the future.
MAKE IT HAPPEN THEATRE COMPANY
Make It Happen Theatre Company’s Mission is to bridge the gap among the cultures, promote literacy and provide positive, productive performing arts experiences for adults and children in the greater Birmingham Area. As well as, to establish itself as one of the Southeastern region’s premiere multi-cultural theatre companies, to provide quality theatrical productions.