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Home on the Mornin\' Train
Home on the Mornin' Train
The Underground Railroad is not just a bit of dusty American history: it is still running—worldwide.
Drama with songs. By Kim Hines.

Cast: 7m., 8w. 1839, Talledega, Alabama: slavery is alive and doing quite well in the United States. 1939, Hamburg, Germany: Hitler has called for the extermination of Jews. Jewish children Rifka and Aaron are sent by their parents into hiding with the Westemeier family in rural Germany. Soon they are joined by other Jewish children, Baruch, David and Ledah. The plan is to take them by boat to safety in Denmark. While in hiding, the Jewish children read from a first-person account of a runaway teenage slave named Brave Mary. They learn of the history of slavery in the United States and Brave Mary's story of escaping an Alabama plantation in the 1830s. Brave Mary is joined in her escape by Katie-Mae and a young boy named Kindred. The means of survival for both groups of children is the Underground Railroad. The Westemeier's son, Karl, helps his father smuggle the Jewish children out of Germany. In America, Adelaide, the daughter of an abolitionist banker, gives asylum to runaway slaves on their flight to freedom. Olivia, a slave, puts herself in jeopardy as she uses her owner's boat to ferry blacks across the Ohio River. Trials and tribulations beset both groups of children. However, the Jewish children are inspired by the strength and courage of the black children trying to find their way to Canada, as they make their own way to Denmark. This play has songs that reflect African-American and Jewish cultures, and small pieces of dialogue are spoken in German, Yiddish and Hebrew. Area staging. Approximate running time: 75 minutes.

Notes
Songs:
"Steal Away"
"Follow the Drinking Gourd"
"You Are the Plowman and You Sow"
"Oh, Freedom"
"Wade in the Water"
"Shlof of Mayn Kind" "I'm Goin' Home on the Mornin' Train"

All songs in this play are in public domain. "I'm Goin' Home on the Mornin' Train" can be found at the back of the playbook. All other songs are widely available. The author suggests that you contact a Baptist of AME Black church and a synagogue for assistance with the music. This contact was made for the original production and proved to be invaluable to the production and in the community support for the show. Songs from Black culture include: "Steal Away," "Follow the Drinking Gourd," "Oh, Freedom," "Wade in the Water" and "I'm Goin' Home on the Mornin' Train." Songs from Jewish culture include: "You are the Plowman and You Sow" and "Sholf Mayn Kind."
Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  H48
Cast Size:  15
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  44
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  75 min.
Categories
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 0871298988
Biographies
Kim Hines, a Minnesota actor, playwright and director, first set foot on the professional stage as a child when she became a member of Minneapolis' Children's Theatre Company. She literally grew up there attending theatre school and continuing to perform in CTC productions for more than five years. As an actor, she has performed at the majority of theaters in ...More
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This title can only be licensed/sold in the U.S. and Canada
* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.


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