Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song showcases the work of three theater companies that performed together in the mid-1980s as a way to celebrate cultural pluralism and bring theater from diverse cultural traditions to underserved audiences. Members of Junebug Productions, A Traveling Jewish Theater, and Appalshop's Roadside Theater are seen in this program in performance excerpts, interviews, and playing to a group of Calhoun County, Alabama fifth and sixth graders. The program explores how different cultural groups within the United States can use the performing arts to maintain and promote their own cultural identity while also addressing the mainstream. A film by Dudley Cocke, Anne Johnson, and Susan Wehling. Click here to purchase it through Appalshop.
Quotes & Reviews:
"The melting pot was a concept that never accomplished. It was violated by racism and ethnic chauvinism...You don't just say 'Now you're going to be one people, everyone jump in, the past doesn't count anymore." - actor John O'Neal
"The warmth of the audience response jumps off the screen...It's infectious!...Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song fulfills the highest expectations for art: it instructs and delights at the same time." - Christopher Hudgins, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
"Shows wonderfully well what a true 'people's' culture might look like." - Doug Paterson, Department of Dramatic Arts, University of Nebraska-Lincoln