Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour Presents Show Way The Musical

Friday, March 8, 2024

10am and noon
Grades: 3-12

Follow the stitches of a family’s lineage.

Soonie’s great-grandma was just seven years old when she was sold to a big plantation without her ma and pa, with only some fabric and needles to call her own. She began to stitch a Show Way, a quilt with secret meanings to show enslaved people the way to freedom. As each generation passes, the Show Way shines a light on the past and paves a road to the future, stitching together possibility and promise.

Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson’s award-winning story of history, love, and resilience becomes a world premiere stage adaptation directed by Schele Williams with new music by Tyrone L. Robinson. This moving, lyrical account pays tribute to women in Woodson’s own family whose strength and knowledge illuminate their daughters’ lives over seven generations.

Production Credits

A World Premiere Kennedy Center Commission
Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour Presents Show Way The Musical
By Jacqueline Woodson
Adapted from her book Show Way, illustrated by Hudson Talbott
Music and Lyrics by Tyrone L. Robinson
Choreographed by Tiffany Quinn
Music Directed by Tiffany Underwood Holmes
Original Direction by Schele Williams

Learning Standards

National Core Arts Standards
TH: Cr1.1.5
TH: Cr2-5
TH: Pr4.1.5; Pr4.1.6
MU: Pr4.1.5; 4.2.5; 4.3.5

Common Core Standards

CASEL Core Competencies (Social Emotional Learning)
Self-Management (Showing the courage to take initiative, Demonstrating personal and collective agency)
Social Awareness (Taking others’ perspectives, Understanding the influences of systems and organizations on behavior)

Learning Guide
View the online classroom resources on the Kennedy Center website. 


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