Arts Discovery

Arts Discovery Educational Series presents

Hero: The Boy from Troy

A Musical about Young John Lewis


  • Wed, February 12 at 11:00am
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    Performance Length: 60 minutes

    Jayden is stuck in detention with a book about Congressman John Lewis, but he thinks that history has nothing to teach him. Hero: The Boy from Troy is a musical journey through the decades that shows how the heroes in the Civil Rights movement inspired young John Lewis to protest injustice and get into ‘good trouble.’

    As a boy, John dreams of being a preacher who can help others. While he doesn’t have a congregation yet, he does have a loyal group of singing chickens that listen to him as he finds his voice. On a harrowing road trip through the South, John’s eyes and mind are opened to the injustices of segregation and racism, inspiring him to take action. As John meets Rosa Parks and Dr. King and ultimately becomes a leader and American hero himself, Jayden learns how he too can take a stand. By playwright Nambi E. Kelley and music and lyrics by Joe Plummer.


    Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts: Performance, Technology and Multi-media Design, Music – Traditional Negro Spiritual Songs and Freedom Songs, History & Social Studies: American History, Civil Rights, African American Leaders; Emotional/Social Development

    All Durham Public Schools reservations will be made by the school-designated Arts Liaison. The Arts Liaison was appointed by each school principal to coordinate this effort. Please contact your principal for further action.

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    Schedule a tour of the Carolina Theatre’s Confronting Change Exhibit to learn about the Civil Rights movement in Durham and review Study Guide and Lesson Plans. Contact Carolina Theatre to arrange a tour or visiting artists at