"Walk On: the Story of Rosa Parks"

Raue Center for the Arts

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In a Nutshell

Bluesy musical numbers punctuate the true tale of Parks’ 1955 demonstration on a segregated bus, a major anchor of the civil rights movement

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Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks

  • The Plot: The true story of the “the first lady of civil rights” (as Congress called her), this play chronicles Parks’s personal, reflective journey toward a life of activism, culminating with her famous 1955 refusal to give up her seat on a segregated bus.
  • The Music: With just a guitar, a keyboard, and the cast’s voices, it coaxes the play’s Montgomery, Alabama setting to the fore with bluesy, guitar-driven expressions of emotion. Songs include the folksy “Jump Mr. Charlie, Jump,” the gospel-tinged “Where I Come From,” and funkily percussive “Freedom Calling.”
  • The Audience is invited to stay for a Q&A session with the cast after the 55-minute show winds to a close.

Raue Center For The Arts

When it originally opened in 1929, the Raue Center For The Arts was dubbed "El Tovar," though no one knew what that meant—it was jut a term overheard by one of the venue's founders on a trip to the west coast. Regardless of its meaning (or lack of one), the name seemed to accurately define the theater's elegance, from the star-filled sky of its ceiling to the facades of Spanish buildings lining its walls.

El Tovar drifted into deterioration over the years, undergoing several different monikers as it switched from owner to owner. Luckily, a generous bequest from Crystal Lake resident Lucile Raue led to a much-needed restoration. A two-year renovation left the theater looking as glamorous as it did when it was El Tovar—seats were reupholstered, and every android usher received an oil change.


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