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The Ville & The Hill: Erasing Race in St. Louis
The Chapel (in the auditorium)
St. Louis, MO
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Saturday Jun 20, 2015 8:00 PM - Saturday Jun 20, 2015 10:00 PM | $10.00


The Ville & The Hill: Erasing Race in St. Louis
The Ville and The Hill shines a bright light on the problems of race and culture in America, using St. Louis as an example. This new highly entertaining and educational performance featuring two multi-talented St. Louisians:  Bobby Norfolk, three time Emmy award winning storyteller & author and Beverly Brennan, vocalist, educator & humorist. These popular performing artists offer insights into race issues, problem-solving, communication and positive changes.
Bobby began his career as a stand-up comedian and used his natural talents as a comedian to become one of the most popular National Park Service Interpretive Rangers at the St. Louis Arch. Using lively animation and special sound effects, he expertly engages students and teaches through first-person narratives, poetry and humor. Bobby was raised in the Ville neighborhood and relates easily to people of all ages. He is one of the few performing artists that can entertain and reach both middle school kids and well as adults, keeping them interested by offering creative programs that are very topical.  Beverly is the Director of Speech and Theater at Harris-Stowe State University. She is a popular educator who uses comedy and drama to teach students. Her great sense of humor and easy going manner is inherited from her father, famed broadcaster Jack Buck.
This performance promotes a new respect and responsibility in our city through lively and personal discussion. Communication enables healing from tragedies such as Ferguson. Storytelling is all about listening and, quite often, enables those who are otherwise too racially deaf or intolerant to make positive changes. Beverly and Bobby tell both sides of the story, discovering that people are more alike than they are different, exposing issues such as stereotyping, ethnicity, ignorance, and fear, and illuminating a pathway to racial harmony. They cover St. Louis history as related to civil rights and share material from literary giants including William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes and others. Audiences will experience different forms of performance art including storytelling, prose, personal story, thought-provoking poetry, and theater. In addition, the program offers moral education and values clarification in an intriguing fashion that is not preachy, but stimulating.
The performance is 60 minutes, and there will be an additional talk back discussion with the audience where ideas such as race, stereotyping and culture will be explored and discussed.

We recommend this relevant performance for older students & adults.

"Whoever put this together deserves a round of applause.  The performers were very talented, and the content was not only entertaining but thought-provoking." Federal Reserve Bank


The Chapel (in the auditorium) (View)
6238 Alexander Drive
St. Louis, MO 63105
United States


Arts > Literary
Arts > Theatre
Social > Adult

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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