The feedback from students was overwhelming, they absolutely loved the play! They particularly enjoyed the aspect of connecting history with the current events of today's political climate, highlighting how discrimination is still evident. They enjoyed the rich history of the Civil Rights Movement, and putting context to civil rights activists such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. Students expressed that they were able to empathise more to the Civil rights activists as opposed to just learning about them via a traditional classroom setting. Students were moved by the fight and pain derived from a 'true life' story, particularly your story, and felt a sense of empowerment via the collective stance.
- Natalie Lapko, Teacher: Victoria Park Collegiate Institute, Teacher, Toronto District School Board
A fantastic learning experience for my students and myself…the students were touched by the play and many were moved emotionally to tears. As an educator I liked the fact that the message was blunt, in your face and it was undeniable. And to know that this was in part your life story ...it took away the opportunity for people to say that it's just a story it wouldn't happen in real life. I would encourage you to continue to reach out to secondary schools. Your message is an important one for students to see and experience
- Careen Thompson, Teacher, Emery Collegiate Institute, Toronto District School Board.
I brought my grade 7 classes to see the show. It truly helped them understand some of the social challenges that have been part of the black experience. We had so much rich discussion on issues of social justice - racism, prejudice, segregation.... and what to do about it- advocate, protest, educate, accept. Amazing experience!
- Brandy Henry, Teacher, Thomas L Wells PS, Scarborough, Toronto District School Board
- a unique combination of culture, entertainment and education for students and adults,
particularly relevant to Racism and Bullying prevention and Black History curriculum .
"I really enjoyed the play. I also learned a lot of history. Now I will strive to make the world a better place any way I can. I will try to help more people because the play made me realize something, something important about people and how we should treat them. With love! "
"I leaned that if people come together and support each other anything is possible."
"I see racism daily in my life, and after seeing Dandelions in the Wind I realize there is still hope in the world to stop this problem."
"Dandelions in the Wind was breathtaking and I was deeply touched, in fact certain parts had tears welling in my eyes. My mind is just boggled."
"I felt the pain that black people went though. I actually cried! "
"The play was immensely thought-provoking and meaningful. It gave me a completely different perspective. There were scary moments, enlightening scenes, deep sayings, and encouraging moments. I was educated in an unusual way. "
"It took my breath away."
"The images on the screen were very touching and showed how this was a true story... It’s something that everyone should watch."
"The message as I understand it, is that no matter what colour you are, you matter!"
" I will never forget this play and the things I learned."
"It made me feel like I really went back in time. I learned that everyone is the same. It doesn’t matter if our skin colour, or looks are different because in the end, all of us has a heart with feelings."
"It was a wonderful experience that I will never forget… an emotional roller-coaster with a heartfelt message. I learned that everyone is equal and different, but to embrace who they are and not be afraid. "
" It really made me think about how bad racism is … makes me want to make a difference… made me emotional."
"We talked about social issues in class, then we saw this play, and now I understand more ... Judging people is not right because everyone is a human and should have equal rights, everyone should have a voice. Watching this play improves people by changing the way they think about others."
"I hope that this play will influence others to stop discriminating and segregating people because of their race or gender."
"It was like I was really there!"
A detailed TEACHER'S GUIDE will be available when schools reserve seats. A SAMPLE sample can be viewed here
ABOUT KJ GROUP
"A reminder that we can never be complacent" - Kate Gilderdale, Stouffville Free Press
Despite the perceived tolerance and multiculturalism of Canada, racism and bullying continue to be major concerns for this generation. Dandelions in the Wind helps to change the thought process on racism in this world.
Dandelions in the Wind is the musical love story of a young white woman and a young black man caught up in the turbulent times of America’s Civil Rights era. The inspiration to create this musical came from the racism that the playwright and her late husband experienced in the sixties and seventies as a young bi-racial couple. Jennifer has placed that personal experience into the backdrop of the American Civil Rights era, giving the musical power and depth.
Dandelions in the Wind brings attention to historical moments in Black History yet has been created to appeal to today’s youth. With music that ranges from African drumming and gospel-type songs to toe-tapping dance numbers and spoken-word, this production shows how far we have come, yet how far we still have to go. It shows where hate can lead and how love can overcome. Although the musical centres on the racism between black and white, the production has a message for all groups of people who are separated by the yawning chasm of fear and distrust. It is a step toward bridging that divide.
KJ Group is a non-profit Theatre Arts group whose mission is to create knowledge, understanding and compassion on issues that relate to justice and equality in today's world. Our mandate is to use excellent entertainment to both educate and touch hearts, creating positive change by inspiring individuals to simply do better. Our vision bridges the rift between ethnicity, culture and faith, breaks racial stereotypes and promotes healing and equality.