By Alyssa Green
I have called Sacramento home for over 15 years…and I am embarrassed to say that I have never been to the B Street Theatre before last weekend. Now I’m aware of what I have been missing all these years. Fortunately, my family was invited to view the theatre’s current Family Series performance of The Conductor: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, in celebration of Black History Month.
Recognized as one of Northern California’s top professional theatres, B Street has produced more than 100 new plays, 60 which are world, national, West Coast and regional premieres. The theatre’s Family Series is one of only three fully professional, resident theaters for children in the state of California and strives to introduce children to the wonder of professional theater through original plays, adaptations of contemporary novels and classic literature.
The Conductor: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad is a delightful production that tells the story of the girl born Araminta Ross, who became a savior to hundreds of slaves by escorting them to freedom. The theatre’s intimate set-up rules out any bad seating, and ensures a captive audience. The length of the performance was just over an hour including intermission, perfect for children who tend to lose interest quickly. My 10-year-old son thoroughly enjoyed the play and was even thrilled to go back for a second time on a class field trip, just 5 days later. Now, that’s what I call a successful production!