American Scrapbook: A Celebration of Verse
Based on poetry written and compiled by Caroline Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, this world premiere Kennedy Center commission uses spoken word and music to explore the touchstones of the life of one of America's most heralded families. Age 9+
- Jan. 29 - Feb. 6, 2011
- Family Theater
- 1 hour
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A World Premiere Kennedy Center Commission
By Jason Williamson
Directed by Kathleen Amshoff
Like many Americans, the Kennedys shared a love for poetry and read it together as a family. This highly theatrical production combines spoken word, movement, music, and dialogue to move audiences through works selected by Caroline Kennedy in her books The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children. Enjoy the words of Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, Langston Hughes, Edgar Allan Poe, Gwendolyn Brooks, E. E. Cummings, and others in a special show made for sharing. Age 9 and up. Part of The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration.
Performances for Young Audiences is made possible by Bank of America.
The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration is the 2011 Rubenstein Program and is made possible through the generosity of David and Alice Rubenstein.
Additional support is provided by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Altria Group, Constance Milstein de La Haye St. Hilaire and Jehan-Christophe de La Haye St. Hilaire, Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, Grace and Morton Bender, and David Gregory and Beth Wilkinson.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Additional support for Performances for Young Audiences is provided by The U.S. Department of Education, The President's Advisory Committee on the Arts, and The Clark Charitable Foundation.
The U. S. Department of Education supports approximately one-third of the budget for the Kennedy Center Education Department. The contents of this document do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.