Virtual Field Trip: Jabari Dreams of Freedom

May 10, 2021 - May 21, 2021

For ages

Grades 3-5


  • 5/10/21 -5/21/21
    Remote Viewing - 50 minutes


Available from 5/10/21 – 5/21/21 | Remote Viewing | Includes Study Guide | Perfect for Grades 3-5

This year’s Stage the Page virtual performance of Jabari Dreams of Freedom, is a wrap. As one of the first Virtual Field Trips offered by the Appell Center, with over 4,500 students participating in over 230 classes from 38 schools throughout 14 districts, the reach went beyond what we expected, and we are thrilled with the turn out. Thank you to everyone who participated, and we hope to have you join again next year and, in the years, to follow.

Please stay tuned for the announcement of the 2021-2022 Virtual Field Trip programs, coming soon!

Cost to you: $0.00! Thanks to the generous support of many local donors, the Appell Center is able to make all Virtual Field Trips available to you at no cost

Jabari Dreams of Freedom tells the story of Jabari, a young Black boy from the South Side of Chicago who loves to paint.Through painting, he can escape the turbulent world around him. When a friend is hurt by police, Jabari is afraid to leave the house. With his Forever President Barack Obama as a guide, he dreams he meets children from the Civil Rights Era including Ruby Bridges, Claudette Colvin, and a 7-year-old Barack Obama on the eve of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Can Jabari use the lessons he's learned to instill in young Barack the ideas he'll need to become president? Will Jabari take these lessons back into his own life and heal his community? Using history, rap, freedom songs, and humor, this play explores what it means to have courage in a world where Black children—Black boys—are not safe.


Jabari Dreams of Freedom - Trailer from Chicago Children's Theatre on Vimeo.