Recently, my daughter and I had the opportunity to view one of TCT’s Pick-A-Path productions entitled Martin’s Dream. It was an incredibly powerful and poignant piece retelling the life and death of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. If you are unfamiliar with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, they are an absolutely amazing organization that has been sharing their love of the arts and theatre with families for over 100 years. They are a phenomenal group made up of truly talented people creating pieces they love and hope you will, too!
My personal love of the theatre started very young and followed me well into High School, which is why TCT speaks volumes to me with their mission statement: To educate, entertain, and engage audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming. Take a look around their website if you are interested in the academy classes they offer scholars of all ages. Between workshops, camps, and their shows that can be viewed in-person or virtually, there is truly something for everyone.
The Pick-A-Path experience brings stories to life by allowing the audience to sit in the driver’s seat. It is such an innovative way to immerse ourselves in the lessons, speeches, and songs. Throughout the show, we are given options to choose from that will help move the story along. It is such a fun and exciting way to keep the audience involved and actively listening. Another favorite of ours was Harriet Tubman: Straight Up Outta’ The Underground.
The creator and actor, Deondra Kamau Means, is completely captivating in this one-man show. From the moment we hit play to the very end-scene, my daughter and I were learning, feeling, and dreaming. This production is considered historically accurate. Some of which we knew and other parts we were hearing for the first time. I think that is one of the main reasons I truly love the Pick-A-Path experience; they are using their creative outlets to teach, to open minds, and to open hearts by keeping us tuned in.
It is important to note that there are two versions of this particular show, and the one my teenaged daughter and I viewed did have words and phrases that may not be appropriate for little ones. If you are interested in watching with a younger audience, I would go with the option that is geared towards that age group of viewers. This one is for ages 8 and up, grades 3rd – 8th.
The cost is just $15.00 and is digitally streaming from now until June 30, 2021. I would highly recommend this show and the overall experience you’ll have during it. It encourages us to explore the real man behind the images we have seen countless times. It gives us the ability to see what an incredibly funny, passionate, and intelligent man Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was. It was his deep faith, the love for his family, and his yearning for equality that helped make him one of the most revered people in our nation’s history.
If you are unable to attend in-person showings, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati offers a Broadway On Demand option where they have taken their live performances and made them available to stream digitally.
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You may also enjoy reading this piece from our contributing team on how we can apply MLK’s lessons to our kids today.