Classic Productions for Students: Freedom Train

Freedom Train

Freedom Train is the story of self-sacrifice, dedication and survival, laced with warmth and a sense of humor that celebrates the human spirit –– a universal story for all!

Harriet Tubman was born a slave, but, when she was 25, she made her perilous escape from a Maryland plantation, leaving her family behind. Pursued by dogs and relentless slave catchers, she followed an escape route laid out by Quakers –– secret hiding places in churches, barns, cellars and homes.

The escape route that Harriet followed soon became known as the Underground Railroad, and she quickly became one of its most celebrated ‘conductors.’  Up creek beds, through swamps, over hills in the dark of night, on 19 secret trips, Harriet Tubman guided more than 300 slaves, including her aged parents, to freedom.  “I never run my train off the track,” she said, “and I never lost a passenger.”

Freedom Train tells the thrilling story of Harriet Tubman, the Moses of her people, in a fascinating series of highly theatrical scenes that use dance, dialogue and music of the period.  Songs include “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” “Steal Away,” “Wade in the Water,” “Good News, the Chariot’s A-comin’,” and many others still sung today.

Recommended Age: grades 2 through 8
Running Time: approximately 50 minutes

Curriculum Connections:

  • Arts
  • Communication and Language Arts
  • Music
  • Relationships
  • Social Studies

To make reservations for your school, please visit the Classic Productions Reservation Page.


Please note for buses:
Buses drop off in front of the Theatre, then park at Four Seasons mall (approx. 4.5 miles). Bus drivers will not be able to serve as chaperones.