MHS Black History Club presents: ‘The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963’

Publish Date: 02/02/2023

Marion High School Black History Club presents "The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963" on the main stage at the Walton Performing Arts Center at Marion High School.

The play, based on a novel read by many middle grade students, is a powerful drama with lessons that still resonate today. It is the story of a family living in Flint, Mich., during the Civil Rights era. As they strive to keep their teenage son out of trouble and away from negative peer pressure, they decide it’s time for him to have a lengthy stay with strict Grandma Sands in Birmingham, Ala. So they load the family up in the car and head to the Deep South, Green Book in hand, straight toward events that would end up changing the world.   

The play is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Tickets are general admission, and cost $7. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

The MHS Black History Club has put on a play every year since 1980. The play is the largest fundraiser of the year for the club, and proceeds help fund their annual spring college tour to historically black colleges and universities.

Tickets can be purchased from any Black History Club member or from Bobbie Owensby, MHS teacher and sponsor of the club, as well as director of the play. They will also be available at the door the night of the play.

Anyone who wants to donate to the spring college trip or help in any other way can contact Mrs. Owensby as well, by calling her at the high school, 664-9051, ext. 7234. (If you'd like to advertise in the program, please contact Mrs. Owensby. Ads are $50 for a full page, $25 for a half page. Ads are due by Feb. 13.)

MHS Black History Club play 2023 - "The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963"

BHC Dinner Theater at the Hostess House

Can't make it to the play on Feb. 25? You have a second opportunity to enjoy this powerful story presented by the MHS Black History Club!

Tickets are now available for Black History Celebration Dinner Theater on Thursday, March 2, at the Wilson-Vaughan Hostess House, 723 Fourth St., Marion. A buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and The Watsons Go To Birmingham will be presented starting at 7 p.m. Cost is $20.

Reservation deadline is Feb. 28. Call the Hostess House at 765-664-3755 to reserve your spot.