Class Acts performances are provided as a public service of the Sampson CenterStage Performing Arts Series, the Sampson County Exposition Center, and the County of Sampson. Class Acts performances are totally funded and underwritten through the financial contributions of many businesses, corporations, civic organizations, and individuals from across Sampson County and are provided FREE to students in Clinton City Schools and Sampson County Schools.
The study guides provided and information below are designed to aid in preparing students for a educational and exciting performance. We encourage you to make use of these valuable resources designed to not only enhance each student’s theater-going experience; but to also complement their total educational experience.
Curriculum Connections: US & NC Geography, US & NC History, English Language Arts, Interactive Skills, Listening & Communication Skills, and Visual & Performing Arts
Originally commissioned by the North Carolina Association of Educators, this family drama celebrates the first one hundred years of flight. Speaking the Wrights' own words and dressed in period costumes, professional actors portray the brothers with enthusiasm and vigor. Wilbur and Orville Wright construct an abstract replica of the famous flyer while revealing their biographies and re-living the poetry of their influences, discoveries, failures, achievements and successes.
The Wrights of Passage is a story of the passion and focus of two brothers who wanted to prove it was possible for man to fly. The brothers made the first powered flights in 1903, in a machine of the Wrights' own invention and construction. The Wrights' discoveries provided the foundation and technology still used today in modern aviation and space exploration. 2003, was the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers first powered flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
**Audience members participate in The Wrights of Passage. 16 audience members will be selected to participate as readers during the show. The readers are given cards that include milestones and landmark achievements in the history of flight. Readers must be comfortable reading and speaking in front of the audience and should be eight years old or above. Readers must come to the performance area 15 minutes prior to the performance for preparation.
"The standing ovation The Wrights of Passage received from the 1200 delegates at our state convention was well deserved! You entertain and educate. Bravo!" says Howard Fox of the NC Association of Educators.
Grade Level Time
3rd Grade 10:00 am
4th Grade 1:00 pm