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Rockford Lutheran Academy (RLA) fourth-graders will present Forever Honest Abe, an Original Musical Play, at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, at Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., downtown Rockford.
The musical is written and directed by Rockford’s own Darcy Hill, drama/music teacher at RLA. The script is original, as are all the songs included in the play.
Forever Honest Abe depicts the life of Abraham Lincoln starting with his earliest years in Kentucky and continuing through his legacy. Songs such as the “Blab School,” “Wise Words” and “I Keep My Speeches In My Hat” carry the story of Lincoln’s life and presidency.
The Council Choraleers, under the direction of Dorothy Paige-Turner, will join the RLA students in reciting The Gettysburg Address. The Choraleers will also perform The Emancipation Proclamation and Go Down Moses to open the program and will join the RLA students for the final song, “Peace Begins With Me.”
Because of Lincoln’s love for animals and passion for reading, the RLA students, in collaboration with The Literacy Council and Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, have initiated a book drive, Blessings in the Book Bin, and a penny drive, Abe’s for Animals. The presentation of the collected books and pennies will occur at the beginning of the May 13 performance at Veterans Memorial Hall. Wonderland Books and Toys will be offering a selection of Lincoln books available for purchase before and after the performance.
A limited number of tickets for this performance of Forever Honest Abe will be available for $5 at Veterans Memorial Hall. All proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit Veterans Memorial Hall.
Rockford Lutheran School is promoting “Out of the Box,” which is a regional celebration of learning, innovation and creativity during the month of May. Out of the Box spotlights existing people and places with a series of coordinated events promoting collaborations for the greater good.
Posted May 7, 2014