Meet two forces from the Bay Area Children’s Theatre: Nina Meehan, the theater’s founder and CEO. And artistic director, Khalia Davis. Bay Area Children’s Theatre is one of the leading theaters for young audiences in California. Since its inception in 2004, this theater has served more than 750,000 children and adults in the Bay Area and beyond with their musicals and Academy program. They have produced over 37 new musicals for young audiences including an adaptation of Chelsea Clinton’s book “She Persisted.”
This month as part of their new Sunday Spotlight series they are sharing the performance of Khalia’s adaptation of A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory. The show, A Kids Play About Racism, uses the power of theatrical storytelling to give children the tools to participate in the conversation with grown-ups.Part of the theater’s mission is to help create conversation and inspire positive social change.
To quote from A Kids Book About Racism, “Racism is one of the worst kinds of mean someone can be. Because racism thinks someone being different is bad. BUT being different is actually good. Like REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY REALLY, REALLY, REALLY GOOD. 1000 percent good.”
The play will be available all day on February 20th and 21st, and February 26th and 27th. To RSVP to see the show visit https://www.bactheatre.org/#/outreach-program. (CAN YOU HYPERLINK THE WEBSITE? THANKS!)
The premiere of their Sunday Spotlight series with Khalia Davis will run as an interactive companion piece to the play. On Sunday, February 28th, 10:30 am PST/1:30pm EST, Davis will reunite with the cast as they tackle some difficult topics, share their experiences working on the show, answer questions from young people, and lead everyone in some critical thinking and interactive storytelling activities related to the show. To RSVP for this Sunday Spotlight series go here. CAN YOU PLEASE HYPERLINK THIS? https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSef0rVuUHpR0YyYmDLu3YFDH6WgU39XwXB2VWqqbV8V7ILbtg/viewform)
Future Sunday Spotlights will include a focus on Women’s History Month in March, Autism Awareness Month in April and Mental Health Awareness Month in May.