Theatre company bringing heroes to life


Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, North Carolina, is visiting the Delaware County District Library (DCDL) with its performance of “Black History Heroes, Soldiers and Spies.” A number of important figures from American history are brought to the stage to share the importance of their work.

Audiences will join the courageous Buffalo Soldier, Col. Charles Young, as he helps settle the American West and some of the United States’ first National Parks. They’ll also meet the Tuskegee Airmen as they take flight to help win WWII, and Mary Elizabeth Bowser as she spies for the Union during the Civil War.

Bright Star Touring Theatre will appear at the Orange Branch Library at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17.

“Black History Heroes, Soldiers and Spies” is a 45-minute production that was created to celebrate the stories of Black American heroes. It is best appreciated by audiences in third grade and up.

“The goal of this show is to get audiences excited about moments in history that aren’t often talked about,” said David Ostergaard, founder of Bright Star Touring Theatre. “Our actors have the unique task of researching and taking on the character traits of some of the bravest individuals from America’s past.”

Each year, Bright Star Touring Theatre serves nearly 1,500 audiences in schools, theaters, libraries, museums, and more across the country. They offer a wide variety of curriculum-based programs ranging from “The Pirate of Bully Bay” to “Heroes of the Underground Railroad.”

“We travel with everything we need, and we can perform just about anywhere,” said National Tour Manager Reeni Dowd. “Our actors join us from all over the country, and they sometimes visit 10 different cities each week, playing a huge variety of characters. It’s a great way for them to flex their acting muscles!”

The company performs regularly at the National Theatre in Washington, DC, and has gained international attention, having visited Russia and Germany with their productions. Information about all their interactive shows, including production videos, photos, study guides, and more is available online at

For more information on “Black History Heroes, Soldiers and Spies” or Bright Star in general, please contact Bright Star Touring Theatre at (336) 558-7360.

The Orange Branch Library is located at 7171 Gooding Blvd., Lewis Center.

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