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Title Role in Opera Parallele's Production of "Harriet's Spirit"

  • African American Art & Culture Complex 762 Fulton Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

Modesty is a middle school aged girl who is struggling with bullying.  She tries daily to melt into the scenery so classmates won’t make fun of her and even worse, is too afraid to protect her friends enduring the same abuse. At night, she escapes into a magical book about the life of Harriet Tubman and is visited by the commanding historical figure who offers advice, tells stories that connect to her life today, and ultimately shows how she triumphed during a moment in the Civil War of great peril with the power of love and music. Students of Rooftop Middle School play roles as adolescent bullies, timid underdogs, and freed slaves during the Civil war. They share the stage with jazz great Tiffany Austin as Harriet Tubman and Christabel Nunoo as the youthful Modesty accompanied by a Jazz Ensemble led by Marcus Shelby under the baton of Lucik Aprahämian and directed by Erin Neff.