Friday, January 19, 2024

'Lift Every Voice' for Black History Month with Pushcart Players





Lift Every Voice:

A Letter to the Editor

A new play by Tylie Shider

Directed by Paul Whelihan



Engage your young learners with this captivating production




Marlaina Powell* Joshua Hendricks* Harriett Trangucci*


Junebug is a 12-year-old African American boy in the 1960s South who raises his voice to confront the inequities of school segregation. “LIFT EVERY VOICE...” is a multimedia play exploring the images, spirit, and events of mid-century America leading up to the Civil Rights Movement.


This play with music offers a pathway to understanding and compassion for young learners. Historical touchstones include the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Little Rock Nine, the Greensboro Sit-ins, the Freedom Fighters, and the Civil Rights Movement.


“…A Letter to the Editor” resonates with the voice in everyone to fight against injustice.

(appropriate for Grades 4 through 8)





As a social-profit organization, Pushcart Players’ programs are made possible in part by NJ State Council on the Arts/Department of State, Pine Tree Foundation of New York, Actors’ Equity Foundation, ADP Foundation, EJ Grassmann Trust, Hyde & Watson Foundation, The Montclair Foundation, PNC Bank/Lillian Schenck Foundation, The Sosland Foundation, The Turrell Fund, The Whitehill Foundation, and numerous individual contributors.


All Pushcart Players are members of Actors Equity Association,

the union for professional actors and stage managers.


Funding is Available!

Thanks to generous grants from The Montclair Foundation, The Turrell Fund, and Lillian Schenck Foundation, underwriting is available to bring the production to your school.

Call Pushcart to see if your school qualifies!

Pushcart Players


Paul Whelihan - Producing Artistic Director

Ellen Beattie - Outreach & Education Director

Stacie Gogo - General Manager

Sam Tucker - Digital Marketing / Development Officer