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Everybody’s Hero: The Jackie Robinson Story

  • Dates: February 9, 2017
  • Times: 10:00 to 12:30
  • Admission: $5
  • Clemens Center
    207 Clemens Center Parkway
    Elmira, NY 14902
  • Phone: (607) 733-5639 ext. 248
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A Clemens Center Mary Tripp Marks School-Time Series production performed by Baylin Artists Management and Mad River Theater Works At the start of the summer of 1947, television was brand new, the sound barrier had not been broken, and baseball was a white man’s game. By the time the fall arrived, all that had changed. President Truman addressed the nation for the first time on TV, Chuck Yeager flew faster than any man ever had, and Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play major league baseball. It was no accident that Jackie Robinson was chosen as the first ballplayer to break the color barrier in the sport known as America’s pastime. There were plenty of good athletes in the Negro Leagues: some maybe even better than Jackie. But when Branch Rickey decided to add a black person to the Brooklyn Dodgers, he knew that individual had to be special. He had to be strong enough to stand up to the teammates who would ridicule him, the pitchers who would throw at him and the fans who would send him threats. He had to be able to turn the other cheek, to show that he was the bigger man and to prove that he could be everybody’s hero. This play with music by Mad River Theater Works shows the events that shaped Jackie Robinson’s character, his struggle to gain acceptance, and the tremendous obstacles he overcame on his way to changing the face of our nation and our national pastime. Recommended for grades 3-8 (60 minutes) Curriculum Connections: Black History, Culture, Music

Everybody’s Hero: The Jackie Robinson Story
  • Clemens Center
  • 207 Clemens Center Parkway
  • Elmira, NY 14902
  • February 9, 2017 to February 9, 2017
  • $5

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Clemens Center

207 Clemens Center Parkway
Elmira, NY 14902-1046
(607) 734-8191
Located in Mark Twain Country the Clemens Center is the region's premier performing arts center with two spectacular performance spaces. Mandeville Hall is a flexible, "black box" venue suitable for intimate performances. The majestic Powers Theater is an architectural treasure that has been newly restored to its vaudevillian-era grandeur. Magnificent murals, gold-leaf details and reconstructed opera boxes now adorn the theater just as they did when it opened in 1925. The 1,618-seat Powers Theater has been called the most beautiful theater between New York City and Buffalo - it is truly awe-inspiring! The recent renovation included expanding the stage and upgrading technical equipment, making it possible for the Clemens Center to showcase the biggest and the best in live entertainment. From blockbuster Broadway shows and dazzling dance programs to rousing rock 'n' roll concerts and feel-good family entertainment, the Clemens Center excites and delights audiences of all ages! The Clemens Center is the perfect place to connect with family and friends to create memorable performance experiences that enrich, inspire and even amaze you. Our programming reflects the diverse interests of audiences around the region whose lives are enriched by music, dance, theater, comedy and more. From on-line ticketing to courteous customer service and easy parking, you'll enjoy a hassle-free performance experience. With the renovation and reopening of the Powers Theater, the Clemens Center is well-positioned as a highly valuable community asset rarely found in a city the size of Elmira, New York. Our mission extends beyond entertainment and into the community through school programs, subsidized facility rentals and other support programs that help thousands each year. Like the Arnot Art Museum and the National Soaring Museum, we are proud to contribute to the cultural richness of Chemung County, improving the quality of life for all who live in our area. The Clemens Center annually leases space to more than 55 tenants in our facility. These tenants include the following performing arts organizations: Elmira Little Theatre, The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Thursday Morning Musicales, Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre, Common Time and New Heights Dance Theater. As "resident companies," these organizations provide community members with opportunities to perform on a professional theater stage.