The Gingerbread Man coming to UAPB

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Run, run, as fast as you can to the campus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff so you don’t miss the charming classic tale of The Gingerbread Man brought to life by the immensely talented John McLinn Ross Players. This traditional story is told in a surprising new musical way with a book, music and lyrics by David Wood for children of all ages February14-21, 2013.

“Supplementing a child’s classroom learning through the art of theatre and live storytelling creates performers and theatre lovers for the future,” said Director of Theatre Cheryl Collins.

The continuation of the 2012-2013 Freedom Season of theatre also brings with it a special touring performance from Professor Collins herself in If I’m Lyin’, I’m Flyin’:The Story of Queen Bess, exploring the life of the first black professional pilot, Bessie Coleman. Born to sharecroppers in 1890s Texas, Coleman fought the poverty, race and gender issues of the day to, eventually, earn a feature on a 1995 US postage stamp. This entertaining and encouraging one-woman show, written by Collins and Stephan Collins-Stepney, can be brought to your youth or community organization by special arrangement.

Closing the 2012-2013 Freedom Season is a satire by Karani Marcia Leslie, The Trial Of One Short-sighted Black Woman Versus Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae, which runs April 18-21, 2013. The Trial is about a corporate climber who aims to free herself from two of the most notorious black stereotypes ever by having her day in court. Suitable for grades 8 and up, and especially women’s groups, this play will challenge the audience’s perceptions of those images and their effect on the modern black woman.School Matinees are available for The Gingerbread Man starting February 11. Individuals as well as groups can book today by calling 870-575-8428 or sending an email to All performances are on the campus of UAPB in the Hathaway Howard Fine Arts Center, 1200 N. University Drive, Pine Bluff, AR, 71601, on the corner of Reeker and University.

Show dates and Times: (all productions directed by Cheryl Collins)

The Gingerbread Man Book, music & lyrics by David Wood

7:30 pm        Thurs, Feb 14 & Fri, Feb 15        3:00 pm    Sat, Feb 16 & Sun, Feb 17

The Trial Of One Short-sighted Black Woman Versus Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae by Karani Marcia Leslie

7:30 pm        Thurs, Apr 18 – Sat, Apr 21        3:00 pm    Sat, Apr 20 & Sun, Apr 21

If I’m Lyin’, I’m Flyin’: The Story of Queen Bess (Call to arrange for school, church and community groups)

For more information call Alexis Skinner at 870-575-8428 or e-mail .


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