The Spirit of Harriet Tubman is the powerful and award-winning one-woman show, written and performed by Leslie McCurdy, which has toured across North America for 25 years. It’s coming to the Surrey SPARK Stages at the end of the month, sharing this incredible story and performance with local audiences.
The Spirit of Harriet Tubman
- When: Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 4:00pm
- Where: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre (13750 88 Ave, Surrey)
- Tickets: Available online now for $16 – $26.
- Miss604 readers can get $5 off their Spirit of Harriet Tubman ticket purchase by using the code: SPARK at checkout.
A captivating lesson in recent history, The Spirit of Harriet Tubman shares the story of McCurdy’s personal hero, the legendary Underground Railroad organizer, nurse, and spy, Harriet Tubman. Children of all ages have commented on how inspirational the play is, and after an incredible 25 years on stage, McCurdy hopes to continue inspiring audiences of all ages with her play for many years to come.
“Harriet Tubman is a fabulous character to be recreating,” says McCurdy. “She was such a formidable fighter for human rights, as a woman and particularly a Black woman…I have been told that the play is powerful and inspirational and shares so much information about Harriet Tubman as a person, so I humbly accept that. I know that I love performing it, so perhaps that resonates well.”
For a breathtaking hour, McCurdy portrays Harriet Tubman, captivating audiences as she recreates her incredible life story from the age of six, to her death in her early nineties. She does this by sharing familiar stories, as well as some rarely told, using words said to have been Harriet Tubman’s own.
What is unique about this performance is that while Tubman is well known around the world for her courage, in this performance, McCurdy helps the audience understand Tubman’s unique relationship to Canada. This part of Tubman’s story was largely untold until she brought it to light when she first started touring the performance.
The legend is that Harriet Tubman made nineteen trips into Canada to help free over three hundred Black American slaves. This fact is even more remarkable when you consider Tubman was a small woman, standing just four feet, 10 inches tall. However, she was large in spirit, and she had a drive to care for others, helped everybody she could, and made the world a better place.
The Spirit of Harriet Tubman is a story of human courage and resilience that makes an impact on audiences young and old. The play inspires audiences to believe in their dreams, have the courage pursue them, and recognize their potential to change the world.
Surrey SPARK Stages Weekend
This presentation is part of Surrey SPARK Stages Weekend May 27-29, 2022 at the Surrey Arts Centre at Bear Creek Park.
Surrey Civic Theatres is launching a new series of memory making experiences for kids and families and this weekend will kick it off in style with everything from aerial circus to music, these performances are for the whole family with shows for babies, toddlers, and tweens that grown-ups will love too.
Your Surrey SPARK ticket includes:
- The Wee Studio, a special space for make believe for the little ones.
- Stories for the Heart, old timey storytelling in a big blanket fort!
- Walk through a traditional longhouse arch into the Indigenous Creation Courtyard for a celebration of culture through storytelling, music and art.
- Afrobeats & World Music Flashmob Dance, a hip hop dance workshop with Ndidi Cascade & Prince Nii.
- Plus, roving performers and many other sparkalicious surprises along the way!
Ticketed performances include an afternoon with Charlotte Diamond, Fred Penner and Rick Scott; The Ambassador of Joy and award-winning puppeteer, Joshua Holden; an all ages dance party and more.
As a part of Surrey Civic Theatres, Surrey SPARK Stages offers spectacular performing arts events and activities for kids and their families throughout the year. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram for the latest information.