To commemorate Black History Month, Bright Star Touring Theatre Company put on a two-person show celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Feb. 4 at the Rust Library in Leesburg. The child-friendly performance went through King’s upbringing and legacy in his famous fight for civil rights.
“As adults, we have to be role models and show them what is important and that everyone is equal and that everyone deserves respect,” said Ashleey Rayburn, one of the show’s two performers.
Bright Star is made up of 12 touring companies that put on shows across the country. Now in its 14th season, the group strives for interactive and engaging performances that leave a lasting imprint on children and adults. Along with plays to commemorate African-American icons like King and Jackie Robinson, the group also hosts a wide range of performances that encourage bullying prevention and educational advancement.
“For us to be able to travel and give this to the next generation, that’s the beauty of this,” said Aaron McMillan, who also performed in the show.